EDTVAR EDIT VARIABLE TAACLPC
The EDTVAR command is designed to allow numeric values to be edited
within a CL program. This allows the values to appear more readable
in messages and other functions.
For example, assume you have a count field within a CL program that
should be displayed in an impromptu message. The field must first be
converted to a character field and is then normally displayed as:
0003127 records read
The EDTVAR command:
** Converts the decimal value to character
** Performs editing based on an edit code (the default is J)
** Provides for an optional leading currency symbol
The typical command usage would appear as:
DCL &WORK22 *CHAR LEN(22)
DCL &COUNT *DEC LEN(5 0)
CHGVAR &COUNT (&COUNT + 1)
/* When count is complete */
EDTVAR CHROUT(&WORK22) NUMINP(&COUNT)
SNDPGMMSG MSG(&WORK22 ' records read')
The CHROUT variable must be defined as *CHAR LEN(22). The value is
left adjusted into the variable. To trim off the trailing blanks you
need *TCAT. The message would read:
3,127 records read
EDTVAR supports an EDTCDE parameter which defaults to J. The
standard edit code values of 1 2 3 4 A B C D J K L M N O P Q Y and Z
are supported. 'W' is also supported as a time value edit with colon
separators (e.g. 8:00:00).
For edit codes J K L M, a minus sign will always appear to the right
if the variable is negative.
For edit codes A B C D, the 'CR' symbol will always appear to the
right if the variable is negative. The number of decimal positions
is specified by the NBRDEC
For edit codes N O P Q, a minus sign will always appear to the left
if the variable is negative.
The number of decimal positions is specified by the NBRDEC parameter
and not the definition of the field within the program.
Editing occurs as per the QDECFMT and QCURSYM system values plus the
addition of the 'W' edit code.
There are a few rules when using EDTVAR:
** The numeric input field must be defined with 0 decimal
positions. The length of the field can be from 1 to 15
digits. The number of decimal positions in the edited answer
is controlled by the NBRDEC parameter. If you are adding a
field which has decimal positions, you must change it to a
zero decimal field. For example, if you have a variable which
is defined with 2 decimal positions, you would have to convert
it by multiplying by 100 such as:
DCL &AMT2 *DEC LEN(7 2)
DCL &AMT0 *DEC LEN(7 0)
DCL &WORK22 *CHAR LEN(22)
CHGVAR &AMT0 (&AMT2 * 100) /* Treat as 0 decimals */
EDTVAR CHROUT(&WORK22) NUMINP(&AMT0) NBRDEC(2)
** The NBRDEC parameter will insert the decimal symbol in the
** The character output field must be defined as 22 bytes in
length. This allows for the largest decimal value to be
** The Edit Codes W, Y and Z require the NBRDEC parameter to be
The output field is always left adjusted. When used with messages,
you will normally want to trim the trailing blanks off the output
field by use of either the *TCAT or *BCAT concatenation operator.
The Y edit code is not sensitive to the format of the date (e.g.
MMDDYY). It just strips off the leading zero (if any) and inserts
the separator character. A 7 digit date (CYYMMDD) is valid to edit
with the Y edit code.
Differences with other editing tools
** The EDTVAR2 tool provides for editing from within an RPG
program when you cannot or do not want to use the RPG output
specs. Digit sizes up to 15 digits are supported.
** The EDTVAR3 tool provides the same function as EDTVAR2, but
allows for 30 digit field sizes.
** The ZEDIT tool is documentation only and includes the RPG code
to be used as a subroutine to strip off the leading zeros of a
Using the CPP directly
The following sample RPG code may be used to call the CPP directly.
C* Your code to set the parameters such as:
C Z-ADD38715 NUMVAR
C Z-ADD2 NBRDEC
C MOVE 'J' EDTCDE
C MOVE '*NO ' LDGSYM
C* Call EDTVAR TAA Tool using CPP
C* The value is returned in the CHAR22 field name
C CALL 'TAACLPCC'
C PARM CHAR22 22
C PARM NUMVAR 150
C PARM NBRDEC 10
C PARM EDTCDE 1
C PARM LDGSYM 4
Command parameters *CMD
CHROUT Character output. It must be defined as *CHAR
LEN(22). This is the largest possible output if the
input is 15 digits and all editing characters are
inserted. The output is left adjusted.
NUMINP Numeric input. It must be defined as *DEC LEN(nn
0). Any length up to 15 digits can be converted,
but the number of decimal positions must be 0.
NBRDEC Number of decimals. Default of 0. This controls
where the decimal symbol will appear. The number of
decimal positions in the input field must be zero.
If not, the positions to the right of the decimal
are truncated. This value must be zero for the edit
codes of W, Y or Z.
EDTCDE The Edit Code to be used. The values 1 2 3 4 A B C
D J K L M N O P Q W Y and Z are allowed. W is used
for colon separators on time values (e.g. 8:10:05).
The other values have primarily the same definition
as the system supplied values. J is the default.
The W, Y and Z values may only be specified with
NBRDEC(0). If you are using EDTVAR for message
text, you should avoid the edit codes that return
zero balances as all blanks.
LDGSYM Leading currency symbol. Default of *NO. This
allows a leading currency symbol (based on the
QCURSYM system value).
Because the EDTVAR command is used frequently, a sub program is
provided which is specified as CHGPGM USEADPAUT(*NO). This allows
you to use EDTVAR in a CL program that adopts authority without
concern for library list security implications.
Only two parameters are supported. You should specify the CALL as:
CALL PGM(TAATOOL/TAACLPCC2) PARM(&CHROUT &NUMINP)
** The &CHROUT value must be declared as *CHAR LEN(22).
** The &NUMINP value must be declared as *DEC LEN(15 0).
The two parameters are passed to the EDTVAR command. The other
parameters on EDTVAR use the defaults.
If you have any other requirements, you need to write your own
The following TAA Tools must be on your system:
SNDESCMSG Send escape message
None, the tool is ready to use.
Objects used by the tool
Object Type Attribute Src member Src file
------ ----- --------- ---------- -----------
EDTVAR *CMD TAACLPC QATTCMD
TAACLPCC *PGM CLP TAACLPCC QATTCL
TAACLPCC2 *PGM CLP TAACLPCC2 QATTCL
Added to TAA Productivity Tools
April 1, 1995
Last modified on March 10, 2014
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