ftp'ing from mainframe

Posted on 1997-07-02
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I am ftp'ing from a mainframe to a SPARC server E3000 running Solaris 2.5.1.  I want to ftp a file in "packed" ebcdic format.  When I currently do it, the file is monged and cannot be read as ascii. If I trasfer a "non-packed" ebcdic file, it can be read as ascii on the Sun box.  What do I need to do/buy/get to make an ftp transfer of a "packed" ebcdic file on a mainframe to a Sun Solaris server?
Question by:kfigiel
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ahoffmann earned 600 total points
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If your ftp implementation on the mainframe does not support
this functionality (converting ebsdic to ascii, then send packed)
convert the file before ftp'ing:
      dd if=your-ebsdic-file of=your-ascii-file conv=ascii

Ciao Achim

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ID: 1582187
How do I convert ebcdic to ascii?
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ID: 1582188
> How do I convert ebcdic to ascii
UNIX is straight forward ((-:

      dd ... conv=ebsdic

or for some big blue specials:

      dd ... conv=ibm

you'll get the answer faster with  "man dd"  

;-)  Achim

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