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Conversion of Data General Cobol Application to Linux/tru64 Unix

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I am looking for technical information to convert DG cobol source to linux/unix. I need specific information related to
1. Which areas of code requires conversion?
2. Which platform is most suitable for conversion linux or Tru64 unix ?

Anybody could help me out with this information.

Thanks.
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There are a few areas where DG COBOL is different from ANSI. Two major aspects are

File Handling - where LOCKED records are encountered (dependance on DG's proprietary file-handling)

SPACES in 9's fields are interpreted as ZERO (some programmers incorrectly believe that this even extends to 9's-COMP fields.) Hence data format in files and processes may need examination.

There are other areas, but it really depends on how complex the programs are - I've seen some code that is extremely hard to wind back to ANSI standard if the programmers were obsessed with using the DG extensions.

As for the destination platform - the OS on the destination platform should make no difference to COBOL.

...Bill
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