Edited Numeric fields in COBOL

hi,

i'm quite new to COBOL and i have a bit of a problem. I have the following fields:

01 NUM1 PIC S9(13)V9(2).
01 NUM2 PIC -Z(12)9.99.
01 TXT1 PIC X(15).
01 COMMENT PIC X(257).

NUM1 is populated by some process, and is copied into NUM2.

I am using COMMENT for the primary output, which contains "XXXXXXXXXXXXXX, -0.00"
where XXXXXXXXXXXXXX comes from TXT and -0.00 should come from NUM2 (using the STRING command)

however, if the value in NUM2 is less than 15 characted long, eg. -12.34.....the value in COMMENT becomes:

"XXXXXXXXXXXXXX,-          12.34"

now, is there some other way to make the output similar to this:

"XXXXXXXXXXXXXX,-12.34"??

thanks
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Ralf KlattEmployee in Civil ServiceCommented:
Hi,

Have you tried the INSPECT verb to edit the 15 digit numeric field in the input record to produce the desired number format on the output file?

Best regards, Raisor
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Dang123Commented:
logbook,

Try changing

01 NUM2 PIC -Z(12)9.99.

to

01 NUM2 PIC -(13)9.99.

Dang123
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Dang123Commented:
logbook,

This may help you if you want to pull the number up against the string.

http://dbforums.com/arch/91/2003/1/666266

Dang123
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Ralf KlattEmployee in Civil ServiceCommented:
Hi,

@Dang123 ... your link http://dbforums.com/arch/91/2003/1/666266 links to the same suggestion as mine: "Have you tried the INSPECT verb to edit the 15 digit numeric field in the input record to produce the desired number format on the output file?" What I see is that your link comes with some good examples!


Your question should be answered now, logbook!


Best regards, Raisor
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Dang123Commented:
Raisor,
    The link I posted wasn't meant to overstep your suggestion, there are a number of solutions on the page. I haven’t needed to left justify a number before (and still don't) so I only took a quick look at the page. Sorry, didn't mean to offend.

    Your right though, between our suggestions logbook should be able to get the program working.

Dang123

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Ralf KlattEmployee in Civil ServiceCommented:
Hi,

Well I’m sorry, Dang123, I absolutely didn’t want to express that I felt offended … there seems to be a misunderstanding!

What I was up to say was that I think I gave a hint to the right direction but that you gave the better examples.

My conclusion though was the same as yours: “between our suggestions logbook should be able to get the program working” …


Best regards, Raisor
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Dang123Commented:
Raisor,
    Thanks, I wasn't sure if you were upset or not, I glad you not.

logbook,
    How are you making out with your program? Have you gotten closer to what you need?

Dang123


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logbookAuthor Commented:
sorry i wasnt able to get back to this question since i posted it....

thanks for the help guys, but i was able to accomplish it using an unstring - string algo a friend came up....

cheers
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