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Suggestions regarding a CVTDAT oversight!

sulzener asked
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
We have a canned manufacturing package where users often requests reports via Date Ranges.  The way the dates are validated are by using the CVTDAT command from within CL.  We just experienced a flaw in the logic where it will allow an improper date range due to the CVTDAT logic.  Here is the senerio:

On the Report Submit screen, the user mis-keyed the following:
Beg Date: 02/22/40
End Date: 03/27/04

In the Validate CL:
0071.00 /* Validate Dates If Not Zero */                                        
0073.00              IF         COND(&#BIVDT *NE 0) THEN(DO)                    
0074.00                         CHGVAR     VAR(&BDATEA)  VALUE(&#BIVDT)        
0075.00              CVTDAT     DATE(&BDATEA) TOVAR(&BYYMD) FROMFMT(*MDY) +    
0076.00                           TOFMT(*YYMD) TOSEP(*NONE)                    
0077.00                         MONMSG     MSGID(CPF0000) EXEC(DO)              
0078.00                                    CHGVAR     VAR(&IN61) VALUE('1')    
0079.00                                    GOTO       CMDLBL($TGERR)            
0080.00                         ENDDO                                          
0081.00              ENDDO                                                      
0083.00              IF         COND(&#EIVDT *NE 0) THEN(DO)                    
0084.00                         CHGVAR     VAR(&EDATEA)  VALUE(&#EIVDT)        
0085.00              CVTDAT     DATE(&EDATEA) TOVAR(&EYYMD) FROMFMT(*MDY) +    
0086.00                           TOFMT(*YYMD) TOSEP(*NONE)                    
0087.00                         MONMSG     MSGID(CPF0000) EXEC(DO)              
0088.00                                    CHGVAR     VAR(&IN62) VALUE('1')    
0089.00                                    GOTO       CMDLBL($TGERR)            
0090.00                         ENDDO                                          
0091.00              ENDDO                                                      
0093.00 /* Validate Date Range  */                                              
0095.00              IF         COND(&BYYMD *GT &EYYMD) THEN(DO)                
0096.00                         CHGVAR     VAR(&IN63) VALUE('1')                
0097.00                         GOTO       CMDLBL($TGERR)                      
0098.00              ENDDO

The Problem:
The CVTDAT command converts the Beg Date to (19400222) and the End Date to (200402327) which allows the dates to pass and then the RPG program bombs out because the buckets are not big enough to handle the calculations.

This logic is throughout our entire system.  Does anyone have a suggestion to correct this problem other than modifying every CL that validates dates submitted for reports?  There are many!  Any input would be appreciated!
Regards ... sulzener
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if you need to do in Cl  yot could perfoem a sinsible test like

              DCL        VAR(&BYYMD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(8)
              DCL        VAR(&EYYMD) TYPE(*CHAR) LEN(8)
              DCL        VAR(&FYEAR) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(4 0)                      
              DCL        VAR(&TYEAR) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(4 0)                      
              DCL        VAR(&DIFF) TYPE(*DEC) LEN(4 0)                      
 /* EXTRACT YEAR FROM DATES IN NUMERIC FORMAT */                              
              CHGVAR     VAR(&FYEAR) VALUE(%SST(&BYYMD 1 4))                  
              CHGVAR     VAR(&TYEAR) VALUE(%SST(&EYYMD 1 4))                  
 /* CALULATE DIFFERENCE */                                                    
              CHGVAR     VAR(&DIFF) VALUE(&TYEAR - &FYEAR)                    
 /* REPORT ERROR IF MOR THAN 2 YEARS */                                      
              IF         COND(&DIFF *GT 2) THEN(DO)                          
              CHGVAR     VAR(&IN63) VALUE('1')                                

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Thanks tgerdes.  That sounds like the only way to approach it in order not to modify all programs.
One minor variation... rather than creating a replacement command-processing program, create a validity checking program. Leave the command processor in place. And don't forget to verify that the validity checking program is still in place after OS/400 upgrades (or PTFs that affect the CVTDAT command).

An added library in the system portion of the library list could be best for this. Create a duplicate of CVTDAT into the new library and add the validity checker to the duplicate. This can also avoid any potential problems with either IBM or 3rd-party programs that qualify QSYS/CVTDAT and expect to execute an unmodified version of the command.
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