The Edit Data Area command displays the current value for a data area
and allows keying over the value. It provides a simple means of
updating a data area. The *LDA, *PDA, and *GDA data areas are also
A typical command is entered as:
The command can be used against either a character, decimal, or
logical data area. The maximum character size data area (2000 bytes)
is supported. A decimal data area is restricted to a length of 15
digits (e.g. 15/0, or 15/5). The command uses the API QWCRDTAA to
access the information and the CHGDTAARA command to update the data
A display file is used to display the current value. The user will
normally see an input field that exceeds the length of the created
data area. An error message will appear if data is entered into the
field so that it exceeds the created length of the data area. Note
that the display will not appear as 50 byte values as is displayed by
** For character data areas of 80 bytes or less, the display
appears with an input field of 80 bytes.
** For character data areas of a length 81-800, a single display
with a single field is displayed.
** For character data areas of a length 801-2000, a single field
of 800 bytes appears on a display and the user can rollup to a
second display of 1200 bytes.
** For decimal fields, a 15 digit decimal field is always
** For logical variables, a single byte is displayed.
If character data is displayed, it is invalid to display values less
than X'40'. If any of the data is less than X'40, the command will
Contrast with other functions
The system command CHGDTAARA lets you change the contents of a data
area, but the existing value is not displayed.
The TAA Tool EDTDTAARA2 allows editing of character data areas only
and uses a display that is similar to DSPDTAARA. Each line of the
display is a separate 50 byte field.
EDTDTAARA considers the entire display (e.g. the first 800 bytes to
be a single field).
Depending on the use you are making of the data area, either
EDTDTAARA or EDTDTAARA2 should meet your editing needs.
The EDTDTAARA3 command allows editing of a data area in Hex mode.
Command parameters *CMD
DTAARA The qualified data area name to be edited. The
library default is *LIBL. *CURLIB is also
The data areas *LDA, *PDA, and *GDA may also be
*PDA may only be entered for a prestart job.
*GDA may only be entered for a group job.
The library value is assumed to be blank when a
special value is entered.
** A decimal data area cannot exceed 15 digits in length.
** Character data cannot contain hex values below X'40. If it
exists, a prompt for the EDTDTAARA3 command occurs.
The following TAA Tools must be on your system:
EDTVAR Edit variable
PMTOPR Prompt operator
SNDCOMPMSG Send completion message
SNDESCMSG Send escape message
None, the tool is ready to use.
Objects used by the tool
Object Type Attribute Src member Src file
------ ----- --------- ---------- -----------
EDTDTAARA *CMD TAAARAA QATTCMD
TAAARAAC *PGM CLP TAAARAAC QATTCL
TAAARAAR *PGM RPG TAAARAAR QATTRPG
TAAARAAD *PGM DSPF TAAARAAD QATTDDS