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I have Microfocus Cobol as a front-end to my Oracle7 database.

From my Cobol programs, I accept both the Oracle username and Password from the user. I use these 2 entries to connect to the the Oracle database (via embedded SQL). For some reason, my connection to the Oracle database doesn't work well if the entries (that is the Oracle username and password) are in lowercase. I therefore would like to convert these 2 entries from the user into uppercase before using them to connect to my oracle database.

Is there an easy way of converting my user entries into uppercase after accepting them from the user? I will then use these uppercase entries to connect to my Oracle database.
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Question by:rmission
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by:clydes
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I am not sure how you are connecting to the database.  Are you using SQL*net or some other method.  If you are accepting the username and password in sql then you can use the upper function to convert the input to upper.
username = upper(userinput)
this will return upper case to the field.  
If you are doing it in microsoft focus I am sure that they have a built in function to convert to uppercase
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by:rmission
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clydes,

Thanks for your comment. I am connecting to my Oracle7  database from within my Microfocus Cobol programs via SQL*net

My problem is finding the right Microfocus Cobol function to do the conversion from lowercase characters to uppercase. I have searched thru the numerous Microfocus Cobol manuals, but with no luck so far. I will continue to look at the manuals.

However, if anyone can quickly give me the correct function to convert text into uppercase in Microfocus Cobol, I will dearly appreciate that.

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by:vulkanr
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i am not sure your question is posted under the right category.
however, try to check your NLS_LANG enviroment variable.
maybe it is not set correctly (to the database characterset), and this is the reason why you cant connect with lowercase letters.
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by:clydes
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I think if you look at your functions in Microfocus Cobol you should find a function that converts lower case to upper case.  You might check to see if there is a function called to_upper, upper, or ucase.  these are common names for functions used to convert from lower case to upper case.  If not I am sure that there is a function that will do it.  should be a function because it passes back the converted information.
Good luck.
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by:rmission
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vulcanr,

Maybe you're right, I maybe posting my question in the wrong  category. (But, where can I post my question then?).

Anyway, can you give me a bit more detail. For instance, how do I enable the evironment variable, NLS_LANG and where do I enable it.

A bit of extra information:
My Oracle7 database is running on a Novell Netware 3.11 Server.

Clydes,

Thanks again. I will surely look again (in the manuals) for functions with names like you specified.

Cheers
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pinnekaf earned 50 total points
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Read your manuals !

Micro Focus Cobol Language Reference
  Intrinsic Functions

  GENERAL FORMAT:
     FUNCTION UPPER-CASE(argument)
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