The Scan RPG Field Names command scans any type of RPG source for one
or more string of characters that are found within field names. The
tool can be used as a Year 2000 assist to find the uses of strings
such as DAT, DT, YR, YEAR, MON, MONTH or any general scan need. A
single member, generic members, or all members in a file may be
A typical command would be:
SCNRPGFLD MBR(xxx) FILE(QRPGSRC)
SCNVALUE(YEAR YR MON MONTH DAY DY)
A listing would be produced with one line for each time one of the
scan values was found in a statement.
If generic or *ALL members are specified, non-RPG source types are
To provide a standard solution for your situation, a data area may
also contain the scan values. See the next section of how to create
your own standard values.
Creating your own standard values
You may decide that values such as DAY, DY, MONTH, MTH should always
be included in most of your use of SCNRPGFLD. The DTAARA parameter
defaults to *DFT which means that an attempt is made to access the
SCNRPGFLD data area using the qualified library portion of the DTAARA
parameter (default is *LIBL).
If the data area does not exist, no error occurs. If the data area
does exist, any data is extracted and used as scan values.
To create the data area to be used with DTAARA(*DFT), you can
duplicate a standard version from TAATOOL:
CPYDTAARA FROMDTAARA(TAATOOL/TAARPGVZ) +
You then edit the data area with the CONARR edit command:
When the edit display appears, you will see some standard values such
as DAY, DY, MONTH, MTH already entered. You may either keep these or
change them for your own needs.
There is room for 45 fields that appear to be 20 bytes long.
However, the length you can key is restricted to 10 bytes per entry.
If you are scanning RPG III source, you must restrict the scan value
to 6 or less.
The entry must be a valid name meaning values like M1D are valid but
not 1MD. The entry cannot begin with a *. If you are interested in
scanning for *UDATE, all the occurrences will be found by scanning
After you have entered the data, you can use the default for the
If you have specified duplicate values within the data area, on the
SCNVALUE parameter, or in combination, they are not loaded into the
internal array used to scan. No error occurs.
If you have a need for a specific set of values such as you are
checking within an application area, you can create a separate
SCNRPGFLD data area for a unique purpose and specify it for the
DTAARA parameter (it does not have to be named SCNRPGFLD). Just use
CRTDUPOBJ as described previously to duplicate the TAARPGVZ data area
in TAATOOL or from a clone you have created.
Only RPG source types are scanned. Comment specs (* in position 7)
are bypassed. Records with / values in position 7 including /COPY
Only the spec types D, E, I, C, and O are scanned and only for the
specific location of the field name within the spec. Different
locations are used for RPG and RPGLE type source. The scan value
must be found within one source line and cannot be split over a
The first 98 bytes of the source are scanned.
Scanning other non-RPG source types
SCNRPGFLD is limited to RPG source types. For a general scan
facility, see the SCNSRC tool.
Command parameters *CMD
MBR The member to be scanned. A specific member, a
generic name, or *ALL may be specified. If generic
or *ALL is used, the non-RPG source types are
FILE The qualified file name of the file. The default is
QRPGSRC. The library value defaults to *LIBL.
*CURLIB may also be used.
SCNVALUE A list of up to 25 scan values. Each value will be
scanned against each field name.
The default is *NONE meaning that all of the scan
values are to be found in the data area named in the
DTAARA parameter (both SCNVALUE and DTAARA cannot be
You may use both the DTAARA parameter and the
SCNVALUE parameter to produce a combined list of
scan values (70 in total).
You may enter a string of up to 10 characters. If
you are scanning RPG III source, you must restrict
the scan value to 6 or less.
DTAARA The data area where the standard scan values are
found. The default is *DFT which means an attempt
is made to access the SCNRPGFLD data area using the
qualified library portion of the parameter (default
If the data area does not exist, no values are used
and no error occurs. If the data area does exist,
the data is extracted from the data area and used as
You may have your own specific data area unique to
your application. See the previous discussion on
how to create a data area for use by SCNRPGFLD.
SPLFILES The number of spooled files that will be output.
The default is *ONE. The default must be used when
a single member is specified.
If you have specified a generic set of members or
all members, you have a choice as to whether the
output will be one spooled file with information
from all members or a separate spooled file for each
member. To provide a separate spooled file for each
member, specify *MULT.
See the previous discussion on the scan technique.
The following TAA Tools must be on your system:
CHKGENERC Check generic
EDTVAR Edit variable
EXTLST2 Extract list 2
HLRMVMSG HLL Remove message
RTVCONARR Constant array
RTVMBRLST2 Retrieve member list 2
RTVSYSVAL3 Retrieve system value 3
SNDCOMPMSG Send completion message
SNDESCMSG Send escape message
SNDSTSMSG Send status message
None, the tool is ready to use.
Objects used by the tool
Object Type Attribute Src member Src file
------ ---- --------- ---------- ----------
SCNRPGFLD *CMD TAARPGV QATTCMD
TAARPGVC *PGM CLP TAARPGVC QATTCL
TAARPGVR *PGM RPG TAARPGVR QATTRPG