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[SOLVED] Converting on a Packed Decimal to Alpha and attempting a Substring
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I am attempting to take a packed decimal and convert it into an alphanumeric so that I can perform a SUBSTR on it.

I use PTOA to do the conversion and then attempt the SUBSTR but my results come back blank. Can anyone help?

Example:
DEFINE TEST
PGROSS_TEMP/P15=12345677;
PGROSS/A16 = PTOA(PGROSS_TEMP,'(P15)',PGROSS);
PGROSS_FINAL/A3 = SUBSTR(16,PGROSS,1,3,3,'A3');

This message has been edited. Last edited by: Ryan Kolatalo,


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Posts: 2 | Registered: November 09, 2011Report This Post
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It has to do with what is in the first three character positions of PGROSS. Since the number on PGROSS_TEMP is only 8 characters long, PGROSS is 16 characters long, and PTOA right justifys the value when it stores it into PGROSS, the first three characters in PGROSS are indeed blanks.

Try:
 
PGROSS_FINAL/A3 = SUBSTR(16,PGROSS,8,10,3,'A3');
 

and you will see what I mean.


Robert F. Bowley Jr.
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Try this:

DEFINE FILE CAR
DC/P18.2=1234567890.55;
FMT/A10='(P14.2C)';
DC_ALPHA/A18=PTOA(DC, FMT, DC_ALPHA);
END

TABLE FILE CAR
PRINT
CAR.ORIGIN.COUNTRY
CAR.COMP.CAR
DC_ALPHA
COMPUTE SUBSTR_TEMP/A5 = SUBSTR(18, DC_ALPHA, 1, 5, 5, 'A5');
ON TABLE NOTOTAL
END

As Robert said, the first three characters are blank in your e.g. you dont see any values.


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use FPRINT command




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FYI

PTOA/FTOA outputs a right justified string.


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Thanks, it appeared left justified so I didn't even think to look at that. Did a TRIM to remove spaces and it works great now


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