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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 18, 2019

Display Edit Description (DSPEDTD) command to enclose the ?Integer mask' attribute within apostrophes

We have encountered issues when compiling DSPFs and programs that use Edit Description 9 a number of times in the past when deploying changes to client servers.

When displaying an Edit Description (DSPEDTD), the Integer mask value is NOT enclosed in apostrophes. Therefore, when you compare Edit Code 9 on different servers, while the Integer mask values might appear to be the same, it is impossible to tell whether the Integer mask maps to ‘mm/dd/yyyy' or ‘mm/dd/yy'. When errors related to the Edit Description are encountered, the issue is typically due to the Edit Description having an Integer mask value of ‘bb/bb/bb' (2-digit year) instead of the standard ‘bb/bb/bbbb' (4-digit year). ('b' represents a blank)

While the length of the Integer mask (8 bytes versus 6 bytes in this instance) can be controlled by using apostrophes when creating the Edit Description (CRTEDTD), there is no way to subsequently be sure of the length of the Integer mask since, without the value being enclosed in apostrophes when displayed, there isn't any way to know the number of bytes used for the Integer mask value.

Use Case:

Simplify and standardize DSPF creation.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    May 4, 2022
    We have changed the DSPEDTD code to enclose the variable length strings in single quotes on the CRTEDTD display and in the *PRINT output.
    This change has been made in IBM i 7.5.

    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Jan 14, 2020

    There is also no way to say how many decimals were defined for an edit code (FRACMASK)!
    A DSPEDTD correction should be delivered ASAP or at least some API to retrieve the user-defined edit codes description.