V format ftp to non-IBM system 
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 V format ftp to non-IBM system

G'Day, Joseph :)

Yes, I've seen this done by Micro Focus (COBOL Workbench - VRECGEN.CBL) for
transferring variable length MVS datasets to the PC. It consists of a
pre-process and a post-process step: the pre-process step (pre-ftp, in your
case) would read the v-file and create a new v-file in which the record
descriptor word (RDW) is stored as data. You can then transmit the new file,
losing the current RDW in the process; you don't care because the real RDW is
part of the record. The post-process reconstitutes the original file format.
Yeah, it's a bit of a hack, but it works.

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>Date:    Fri, 9 May 1997 12:02:59 -0500

>Subject: V format ftp to non-IBM system

>I have a need to transfer MVS variable format files to and from a UNIX system.
>I would like to find a way of doing this which preserves the BDW/RDW
>information when sending to the UNIX site and uses same when receiving from
>the UNIX site.  I realize that the IBM FTP program has a 'Mode Block' command
>for use between IBM systems, but there is no equivalent on the stand UNIX ftp
>or ftpd.

>I imagine that the solution is to create another ftp/ftpd set on UNIX which
>uses a different port number for use with mainframes that supports 'mode
>block'.  Has anyone already done this?  I do have rexx available if there is
>rexx code that implements this.

>If there a better solution?
>Joseph M. DeAngelo                  Voice: (847) 781-6940 x6938
>The Workstation Group, Ltd.         Fax:   (847) 781-6978 1900 North Roselle

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Fri, 29 Oct 1999 03:00:00 GMT  
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