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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 23, 2021

Enhance %char %BIF to add %EDITC functionality %CHAR(mynumber:*NOZEROSUPPRES|*ZEROSUPPRESS)

If we have a numeric field and want to put it in a CHAR field it will show the leading zeros:

Assuming myNumber is 7,0 numeric and myAlpha is 7 alpha

>> myAlpha = %char(myNumber);

myAlpha = '123____'

to keep the leading zeros we have to use the %EDITC Build in Function:

>> myAlpha= %editc(myNumber:'X');

myAlpha = '0000123'

It would be *really nice* if we could do this with the %char BIF


or something like that...

Use Case:

Would allow easy data transformation when building webservice data-strings where we have to pass *ZERO as a value rather than letting %CHAR translate it to *BLANKS

Simplifies the use of RPGLE using one %BIF for character to numeric conversions

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Mar 10, 2021

    IBM does not intend to provide a solution to this request at this time, so it is being closed.

    This team has quite a long list of higher priority requirements, so this request is not likely to be implemented anytime soon.

  • Guest
    Feb 17, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM

  • Guest
    Jan 24, 2021

    And the next question is can we have *SEPARATOR:*NOSEPARATOR or *LEADINGSIGN:*TRAILINGSIGN :-)

    But why not write your own procedure ?

    Dcl-Pr MyEdit;

    Dcl-Pi *N VarChar(64);
    Number Packed(30:10) Const;
    Options VarChar(64) Const;

    When %Scan('*NOZEROSUPPRES: Options) > 0;
    Return %Edit(Number: 'X');
    Return %Char(Number);

    So you could write var = %MyEdit(137: '*NOZEROSUPPRES);