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  MFCATXPT, What it Does
  MFCATXPT, Process Overview
  MFCATXPT, How to Use
  Input & File Names
  Output Files
  Comma-Separated-Values Format
  Fixed-Field-Length Format
  Control and Monitor Flags
  Software Agreement and Disclaimer
  Downloads and Links
  Current Server or Internet Access
  Internet Access Required
  Glossary of Terms
  Comments or Feedback
  Company Overview
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Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Introduction

The MFCATXPT Utility Program will read the Micro Focus catalog and write information to a CSV File for use by Excel and/or an FFL File for use by a COBOL Program.

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The following shows a quick list of the acronyms used in the document.

Acronym Description
LONAP List of Names and Properties
CSV Comma Separated Values
FFL Fixed Field Length
  A Quick Summary of Terms or Acronyms used in this Document

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Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section MFCATXPT, What it Does

This program provides presentation alternatives for reviewing or sharing the contents of the Micro Focus catalog. The MFCATXPT program will read a CATALOG.DAT file created by Micro Focus and produce a Comma Separated Values (or CSV) file with data file information. The information included in the CSV file may be easily imported into an Excel spreadsheet. This information includes the Data Set Name (DSN), Record Format (RECFM), Data Set Organization (DSORG), the minimum and maximum record length, the key position and key length and other information.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section MFCATXPT, Process Overview

The following shows the logic flow for the Catalog Export Utility.

Read the CATALOG.DAT File, write to CSV File
Write to the FFL File
Get the Control and Monitor Flags
This is End-of-Job
The Process Flow for the Micro Focus Catalog Export Utility Program

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section MFCATXPT, How to Use

The following command file (SYS1CATXPORT.cmd) describes how to use the MFCATXPT program.

@echo OFF
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  *             SYS1CATXPORT.cmd - a Windows Command File             *
rem  *         This program is provided by SimoTime Technologies         *
rem  *           (C) Copyright 1987-2019 All Rights Reserved             *
rem  *             Web Site URL:               *
rem  *                   e-mail:                 *
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  *
rem  * Text   - Enterprise Server, Catalog Export Utility
rem  * Author - SimoTime Technologies
rem  * Date   - January 24, 1996
rem  *
rem  * LONAP  - an acronym for a List Of Names And Properties.
rem  * CSV    - an acronym for Comma-Separated-Values.
rem  * FFL    - an acronym for Fixed-Field-Length.
rem  *
rem  * INPUT... Description
rem  * CATGET01 identifies the CATALOG.DAT file.
rem  *
rem  * OUTPUT.. Description
rem  * LONAPCSV identifies the ASCII/Text file,
rem  *          records are text strings of Comma-Separated-Values (CSV).
rem  * LONAPFFL identifies the Sequential file,
rem  *          records are data strings of Fixed-Field-Length (FFL).
rem  *
     set CmdName=SYS1CATXPORT
     call ..\..\Env1BASE
     call SIMONOTE "*******************************************************%CmdName%"
     call SIMONOTE "Starting CmdName %CmdName%, User is %USERNAME% "
rem  *
rem  *             Control/Monitor
rem  *            12345678/12345678
rem  *
     run MFCATXPT
     if not "%ERRORLEVEL%" == "0" goto EOJNOK
     call SIMONOTE "The Catalog Export Info will be displayed in a separate window..."
rem  *
     call SIMONOTE "DataTake is %CATGET01%"
     call SIMONOTE "DataMake is %LONAPCSV%"
     call SIMONOTE "DataMake is %LONAPFFL%"
     call SIMONOTE "Finished CmdName %CmdName%, User is %USERNAME% "
     goto END
rem  *
     call SIMONOTE "ABENDING CmdName %CmdName%, User is %USERNAME% "
rem  *
     if "%SIMOMODE%" == "PAUSE" PAUSE

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Input & File Names

The input file must be mapped to a Micro Focus CATALOG.DAT file. The following shows a list of the files processed by the MFCATXPT Program.

File Name Description
CATGET01 This is the logical file name used by the program and is usually mapped to a Micro Focus CATALOG.DAT file
LONAPCSV This is the logical file name used by the program and is usually mapped to a physical file name with a ".CSV" extension so that it can be easily imported into an Excel spread sheet. The File Format is Line Sequential (or ASCII/TEXT. The records in the file are variable length text strings in a Comma Separated Values (or CSV) format.
LONAPFFL This is the logical file name used by the program and is usually mapped to a physical file name with a ".DAT" extension so that it can be easily accessed by a user COBOL program. The File Format is Record Sequential . The records in the file are fixed length with Fixed Field Length (or FFL) format.
  A List of the Files Accessed by the Catalog Extract Utility Program

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Output Files

The following shows a list of the files processed by the MFCATXPT Program.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Comma-Separated-Values Format

The following is an example of the output created by the Catalog Export Utility when the CSV flag is enabled.


Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Fixed-Field-Length Format

The following (LONAPFFL.cpy) is the COBOL copy file that shows the record structure for the List of Names and Properties that use the Fixed Field Length format.

      *               LONAPFFL.CPY - a COBOL Copy File                *
      *     Record Layout for the File Properties Repository          *
      *  The record stucture is a fixed length of 1,024 characters    *
      *         Copyright (C) 1987-2019 SimoTime Technologies         *
      *                     All Rights Reserved                       *
      *              Provided by SimoTime Technologies                *
      *        Our e-mail address is:           *
      *     Also, visit our Web Site at       *
      *  The information that is imported into this format originates
      *  from an Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is saved to an
      *  ASCII/Text File with a Comma-Separated-Values (or CSV) record
      *  structure.
      *  LONAP is an acronym for a List Of Names And Properties.
      *  CSV   is an acronym for Comma-Separated-Values.
      *  FFL   is an acronym for Fixed-Field-Length.
      *  A conversion program is used to convert the CSV File to a
      *  Record Sequential File with the following Fixed Field format.
      *  The fields are all fixed length.
      *  Numeric fields are right-adjusted with leading zeroes.
      *  Alpha-numeric fields are left adjusted with trailing spaces.
      *  Positions 73-80 of the following statements are used to
      *  identify the original columns used in the Excel spreadsheet.
       01  LONAPFFL-REC.                                                Excel
           05  LONAPFFL-LEVEL-CHR.
               10  LONAPFFL-LEVEL-NBR      PIC 9(2).                    col-A
           05  LONAPFFL-FILE-INFO.
               10  LONAPFFL-DSN            PIC X(54).                   col-B
               10  LONAPFFL-DD-NAME        PIC X(17).                   col-C
               10  LONAPFFL-DSORG          PIC X(4).                    col-D
               10  LONAPFFL-RECFM          PIC X(4).                    col-E
               10  LONAPFFL-LRECL-MIN      PIC 9(5).                    col-F
               10  LONAPFFL-LRECL-MAX      PIC 9(5).                    col-G
               10  LONAPFFL-KEYPOS         PIC 9(5).                    col-H
               10  LONAPFFL-KEYLEN         PIC 9(5).                    col-I
               10  LONAPFFL-VSAM-DAT       PIC X(58).                   col-J
               10  LONAPFFL-VSAM-IDX       PIC X(58).                   col-K
           05  LONAPFFL-JOB-EXEC.
               10  LONAPFFL-JCL-OVR1       PIC X(8).                    col-L
               10  LONAPFFL-JCL-USR1       PIC X(8).                    col-M
               10  LONAPFFL-JCL-USR2       PIC X(8).                    col-N
           05  LONAP-EXTENDED-GROUP.
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-S1    PIC X(4).                    col-O
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-S2    PIC X(4).                    col-P
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-M1    PIC X(16).                   col-Q
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-M2    PIC X(16).                   col-R
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-M3    PIC X(16).                   col-S
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-M4    PIC X(16).                   col-T
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-X1    PIC X(256).                  col-U
               10  LONAPFFL-EXTENDED-X2    PIC X(256).                  col-V
           05  FILLER                      PIC X(199).
      ***  LONAPFFL - End-of-Copy File - - - - - - - - - - - LONAPFFL *

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Control and Monitor Flags

This environment variable is a seventeen (17) byte text string.


The following shows the function and/or purpose of the Control and Monitor Flag settings.

Flag ID Function and/or Purpose
Control-1 Y = Create the List of Names and Properties for the LONAPCSV File
Control-2 Y = Create the List of Names and Properties for the LONAPFFL File
Control-3 Y = Create a header record for the LONAPCSV File
Control-4 Reserved for Future Use...
Control-5 Reserved for Future Use...
Control-6 Reserved for Future Use...
Control-7 Reserved for Future Use...
Control-8 Reserved for Future Use...
Isolate Must be a slash (/) to separate the Control from the Monitor Flags
Monitor-1 Reserved for Future Use...
Monitor-2 Reserved for Future Use...
Monitor-3 Reserved for Future Use...
Monitor-4 Reserved for Future Use...
Monitor-5 Reserved for Future Use...
Monitor-6 Reserved for Future Use...
Monitor-7 Reserved for Future Use...
Monitor-8 Reserved for Future Use...
  A Sumary of the Control and Monitor Flag Settings

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Summary

The MFCATXPT Utility Program will read the Micro Focus catalog and write information to a CSV File for use by Excel and/or an FFL File for use by a COBOL Program. This document may be used as a tutorial for new programmers or as a quick reference for experienced programmers.

In the world of programming there are many ways to solve a problem. This documentation and software were developed and tested on systems that are configured for a SIMOTIME environment based on the hardware, operating systems, user requirements and security requirements. Therefore, adjustments may be needed to execute the jobs and programs when transferred to a system of a different architecture or configuration.

SIMOTIME Services has experience in moving or sharing data or application processing across a variety of systems. For additional information about SIMOTIME Services or Technologies please contact us using the information in the  Contact, Comment or Feedback  section of this document.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Software Agreement and Disclaimer

Permission to use, copy, modify and distribute this software, documentation or training material for any purpose requires a fee to be paid to SimoTime Technologies. Once the fee is received by SimoTime the latest version of the software, documentation or training material will be delivered and a license will be granted for use within an enterprise, provided the SimoTime copyright notice appear on all copies of the software. The SimoTime name or Logo may not be used in any advertising or publicity pertaining to the use of the software without the written permission of SimoTime Technologies.

SimoTime Technologies makes no warranty or representations about the suitability of the software, documentation or learning material for any purpose. It is provided "AS IS" without any expressed or implied warranty, including the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. SimoTime Technologies shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special or consequential damages resulting from the loss of use, data or projects, whether in an action of contract or tort, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of this software, documentation or training material.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Downloads and Links

This section includes links to documents with additional information that are beyond the scope and purpose of this document. The first group of documents may be available from a local system or via an internet connection, the second group of documents will require an internet connection.

Note: A SimoTime License is required for the items to be made available on a local system or server.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Current Server or Internet Access

The following links may be to the current server or to the Internet.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore a higher-level perspective of the catalog migration process for the Micro Focus environment.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore How to Create Catalog Entries for non-Relational Data Files and Structures and document the process.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore a complete list of the SimoTime Callable Routines or Utility Programs. This includes the callable routines and utility programs for the Micro Focus environment.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore The ASCII and EBCDIC Translation Tables. These tables are provided for individuals that need to better understand the bit structures and differences of the encoding formats.

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore The File Status Return Codes that are used to interpret the results of accessing VSAM data sets and/or QSAM files.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Internet Access Required

The following links will require an internet connect.

A good place to start is The SimoTime Home Page for access to white papers, program examples and product information. This link requires an Internet Connection

Explore The Micro Focus Web Site for more information about products (including Micro Focus COBOL) and services available from Micro Focus. This link requires an Internet Connection.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Glossary of Terms

Link to Internet   Link to Server   Explore the Glossary of Terms for a list of terms and definitions used in this suite of documents and white papers.

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