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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 10, 2022

Support *DEC and *LGL Data Areas on QXXCHGDA API

The QXXCHGDA currently supports only *CHAR data areas. While non-*CHAR data areas are rare, it would be helpful to have QXXCHGDA or perhaps a contemporary form of it (QWCCHGDA?) handle all data area types, which includes *LGL and *DEC.


Use Case:

Limitation when calling QXXCHGDA from HLL and the data area is a type other than *CHAR.


Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Mar 18, 2022

    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

  • Guest
    Mar 17, 2022

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Application Development
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Core OS
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Feb 2, 2022

    I'm not familiar with the history of this API, but will look into it further.

  • Guest
    Jan 18, 2022

    Sorry, missed the comment (probably because I never use non *CHAR data areas).

    You can always put a number in a *CHAR as well, but I'll vote for this request.

  • Guest
    Jan 17, 2022

    Read the docs and find out. It only support *CHAR data areas or errors out.

  • Guest
    Jan 11, 2022

    Isn't the API type unaware... finally a buffer can contain anything (char, decimal, logical, ... ).