User Guide : Map Connectors : Source and Target Map Connectors : COBOL Flat File
 
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COBOL Flat File
Property Options
Specifying Source properties is important for you if:
Your source connector requires you to define Source Properties;
Upon viewing your source data, you learn that the field names and data appear incorrectly, either in the wrong record, field, or contain the wrong data.
Property
S/T
Description
StartOffset
S
If your source data file starts with characters that need to be excluded from the transformation, set the StartOffset option to specify at which byte of the file to begin. The default value is zero. The correct value may be determined by using the Hex Browser.
Note:  This property is set in number of bytes, not characters.
PageSize
ST
When data records are arranged in blocks and the last record in each block is padded to the end of the block, it is necessary to set Page Size. This causes the pad characters to be stripped from the file during the data transfer. To set page size, click Page Size, highlight the default value (zero), and type the correct page size value for your data.
ShortLastRecord
S
If set to true, short reads are ignored on the last record of the file. In other words, the last record is processed even if the End of File (EOF) is reached before reading the end of the record. The default is false.
OccursPad
S
When using COBOL files, you may have fields of variable length. If so, you may specify how to fill the field with pads to a fixed length. The default is None.
The following options are available:
None (which leaves the fields uneven) – Default
End of Record (which fills the remainder of the record with your specified pad character)
Within Group (which fills the field with your specified pad character)
Page Size: When data records are arranged in blocks and the last record in each block is padded to the end of the block, it is necessary to set Page Size. This causes the pad characters to be stripped from the file during the data transfer. To set page size, click Page Size and highlight the default value "0" (zero). Then type the correct page size value for your data.
RecordSeparator
ST
When a COBOL file is your source connector and you are using a 01 copybook to define the fields, you might have a record separator at the end of each record. If so, you may specify the record separator here. This causes the integration platform to automatically ignore the record separator when it reads the source data. The default is None.
The separators are carriage return-line feed (CR-LF), line feed (LF), carriage return (CR), line feed-carriage return (LF-CR), form feed (FF), Empty Line, and none.
When writing out a binary file, you may want to place a record separator at the end of each record (similar to a Fixed ASCII record separator). You may select a record separator from the list, or highlight the current value and type your own.
CodePage
ST
This translation table determines which encoding to use for reading and writing data. The default is ANSI, the standard in the US.
Data Types
The following data types are available:
16-bit binary
16-bit logical
24-bit binary
32-bit binary
32-bit IEEE floating-point
32-bit TEC binary
32-bit VAX floating-point
64-bit binary
64-bit IEEE floating point
64-bit VAX floating-point
8-bit binary
80-bit Intel floating-point
AccPac 41-bit binary
Binary
Boolean
Btrieve date
Btrieve time
Column binary alpha-numeric
Column binary multi-punch
Column binary numeric
Comp
Comp-1
Comp-2
Comp-3
Comp-5
Comp-6
Comp-X
Complex
Cray floating-point
Date
DateTime
dBASE Numeric
Display
Display Boolean
Display Date
Display Date/Time
Display justified
Display sign leading
Display sign leading separate
Display sign trailing
Display sign trailing separate
Display Time
Magic PC Date
Magic PC Extended
Magic PC Number
Magic PC Real
Magic PC Time
Microsoft BASIC double
Microsoft BASIC float
Name
Null-terminated C string
Packed decimal
Pascal 48-bit real
Pascal string (1 byte)
Pascal string (2 bytes)
Sales Ally date
Sales Ally time-1
Text
Time
Time (minutes past midnight)
Union
Variable length IBM float
Zoned decimal
See Binary for general binary file type information.