A COBOL Record Definition
STRPROBE, Extract Info from STR File
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  Introduction
  STRPROBE, What It Does
  STRPROBE, How To Use
  The Windows Command Files
  Define the STR Files to Analyze
  Extract Information from the STR Files
  Summary
  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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This document provides the information needed to extract information from a Micro Focus Structure (or STR) file. Sometimes, in the effort to quickly analyze. convert and/or migrate data files between systems the information that was used to create an STR file (used to map a record layout to a COBOL definition) the original COBOL definition is not documented or cannot be found without a lot of additional, repeat effort. The STRPROBE utility program will extract basic information about the COBOL data definition from the STR File. Additional information about this program may be obtained by sending an e-mail to: helpdesk@simotime.com


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Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section STRPROBE, What It Does

The STRPROBE program will read a Micro Focus Structure file, analyze the information and create a new COBOL source member that defines the data structure or a record layout.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section STRPROBE, How To Use

Two windows Command files are provided to assist in understanding and using the STRPROBE program. The first command file will define the structure files to be analyzed. The second command file will analyze each STR member in the list and create a new COBOL source member that defines the data or record structure.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section The Windows Command Files

This section will describe the Windows Command files provided in this software package.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Define the STR Files to Analyze

This command file STRPROBE2COPYFILE.cmd will identify the STR files to be analyzed and call the SYS1STRPROBE.CMD member.

@echo OFF
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  *          STRPROBE2COPYFILE.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:   http://www.simotime.com              *
rem  *                    e-mail:   helpdesk@simotime.com                *
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  *
rem  * Text   - Re-Create a Copy File from a Structure (STR) File.
rem  * Author - SimoTime Technologies
rem  * Date   - January 24, 2002
rem  *
     set CmdName=STRPROBE2COPYFILE
     call  ..\Env1BASE
     set JobStatus=0000
     set SIMOGENS=BATCH
rem  *
     call SimoNOTE "************************************************%CmdName%"
     call SimoNOTE "Starting CmdName %CmdName%, V08.11.20, User is %USERNAME%"
rem  *
rem  *   FLAG     Description (STRFLAGS)
rem  *    01  Y - Enable DEBUG Function, insert DEBUG in into CPY as a Comment
rem  *    02  Y - Enable TRACE Function, write to TRACE File (Parm 3, LRECL 280)
rem  *   3--8     Reserved for future use
rem  *
rem  *            12345678
     set STRFLAGS=NNNNNNNN
rem  *
     call SYS1STRPROBE %BaseLib1%\STR\CUSTMAST.STR %BaseLib1%\COBCPY7\CUSTCB01.CPY
     call SYS1STRPROBE %BaseLib1%\STR\ITEMMAST.STR %BaseLib1%\COBCPY7\ITEMCB01.CPY
     call SYS1STRPROBE %BaseLib1%\STR\FPMASTER.STR %BaseLib1%\COBCPY7\FPMASTB1.CPY
rem  *
     call SimoNOTE "Finished CmdName %CmdName%, Job Status is %JobStatus% "
     pause

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Extract Information from the STR Files

This command file SYS1STRPROBE.cmd will execute the STRPROBE utility program to analyze the STR file and create the new COBOL Source member.

@echo OFF
rem  * ************************************************************************
rem  *              SYS1STRPROBE.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:   http://www.simotime.com                 *
rem  *                      e-mail:   helpdesk@simotime.com                   *
rem  * ************************************************************************
rem  *
rem  * Step   1   Delete any previously created file...
rem  *
     set UtlName=SYS1STRPROBE
     if "%SYSLOG%" == "" set syslog=c:\SimoLIBR\LOGS\SimoTime.LOG
rem  *
     call SimoNOTE "*****************************************************%UtlName%"
     call SimoNOTE "Starting UtlName %UtlNamee%"
:DeleteQSAM
     call SimoNOTE "StepInfo Delete previously created file"
     set STRDATA1=%1
     set STRDATA2=%2
     if exist %STRDATA2% del %STRDATA2%
     if "%3" == "" goto JUMP01
        set STRDATA3=%3
        if exist %STRDATA3% del %STRDATA3%
:JUMP01
rem  *
rem  * *******************************************************************
rem  * Step   2   Edit input, create a new output file...
rem  *
     call SimoNOTE "StepInfo Execute the STR Probe Program"
     run STRPROBE
     if not ERRORLEVEL = 0 set JobStatus=0010
     if not %JobStatus% == 0000 goto :EojNok
     call SimoNOTE "DataTake %STRDATA1%"
     call SimoNOTE "DataMake %STRDATA2%"
rem  *
     if exist %STRDATA2% goto :EojAok
     set JobStatus=0020
     goto :EojNok
:EojAok
     call SimoNOTE "Finished UtlName %UtlName%, Job Status is %JobStatus%"
     goto :End
:EojNok
     call SimoNOTE "ABENDING UtlName %UtlName%, Job Status is %JobStatus%"
:End
     if not "%SIMOGENS%" == "BATCH" pause

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Summary

This document provides the information needed to extract information from a Micro Focus Structure (or STR) file. 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 document and the links to other documents are intended to provide a greater awareness of the Data Management and Application Processing alternatives.

The 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 send an e-mail to: helpdesk@simotime.com or call 415 883-6565. We appreciate hearing from you.

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.

Note: The latest versions of the SimoTime Documents and Program Suites are available on the Internet and may be accessed using the Link to Internet icon. If a user has a SimoTime Enterprise License the Documents and Program Suites may be available on a local server and accessed using the Link to Server icon.

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 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 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.

Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Comments or Feedback

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Table of Contents Previous Section Next Section Company Overview

SimoTime Technologies was founded in 1987 and is a privately owned company. We specialize in the creation and deployment of business applications using new or existing technologies and services. We have a team of individuals that understand the broad range of technologies being used in today's environments. Our customers include small businesses using Internet technologies to corporations using very large mainframe systems.

Quite often, to reach larger markets or provide a higher level of service to existing customers it requires the newer Internet technologies to work in a complementary manner with existing corporate mainframe systems. We specialize in preparing applications and the associated data that are currently residing on a single platform to be distributed across a variety of platforms.

Preparing the application programs will require the transfer of source members that will be compiled and deployed on the target platform.

The data will need to be transferred between the systems and may need to be converted and validated at various stages within the process.

SimoTime has the technology, services and experience to assist in the application and data management tasks involved with doing business in a multi-system environment.

Whether you want to use the Internet to expand into new market segments or as a delivery vehicle for existing business functions simply give us a call at 1 415 827-7045 or send an e-mail to: helpdesk@simotime.com

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