The Prompt Field command is intended to be used in an application
where the user should select a few fields from an externally
described data base file. A subfile is displayed of the fields in
the record and the user can arrange the fields in sequence. The
fields are passed back in a return variable.
A typical command would be:
DCL &RTNLST *CHAR LEN(9000)
DCL &RTNCNT *DEC LEN(5 0)
PMTFLD FILE(xxx) RTNLST(&RTNLST) RTNCNT(&RTNCNT)
IF (&RTNCNT *EQ 0) DO /* None selected */
IF (&RTNCNT *GT 0) DO /* Some selected */
ENDDO /* Some selected */
The user would see a subfile for the described file. Each field in
the format is displayed along with its type, length and text
The user enters his selections into the subfile. For example, when
the subfile is first displayed, the user may enter X's to select the
fields he wants. When the Enter key is pressed, the subfile is
sorted so that the selected records appear at the top. New sequence
numbers are assigned (010, 020, 030...) and the user can change the
sequence numbers to arrange the order, eliminate a selected field
(blank the sequence number), or add additional fields by entering a
When the Enter key is pressed without having made any changes on the
display, the selected fields are passed back in the RTNLST parameter.
The RTNLST parameter provides 180 bytes per field which includes the
name of the field and the attributes (see later discussion). The
RTNLST2 parameter could have been specified. It returns only a list
of the field names.
If the user presses F3 or F12 before or entering selecting some
fields, a return count of 0 and a blank list are returned. You
should program for this possibility.
An optional parameter lets you define the use of the F6 command key.
The default is that the key is not operable. If operable, F6 is
defined as a CA key. When pressed, the 1st element of the return
list of names is set to ***F6*** and the count is set to 1. A
typical use of F6 is when the user wants all of the fields.
Return list parameter
The RTNLST parameter must be declared as *CHAR LEN(9000). It will
contain up to 50 selected fields. Each field is described with 180
bytes and can be processed with an RPG multiple occurrence data
The definition of the 180 byte are can be specified using the
Externally described file TAADBHZP. It contains field names PMxxxx
which describe the field name, the type, the length in bytes, etc.
The RPG specification to define the multiple occurrence data
structure with the maximum of 50 occurrences would be as follows:
IRTNDS E DSTAADBHZP 50
Command parameters *CMD
FILE The qualified file name of the file. A physical
file or a single format logical file may be
specified. The library value defaults to *LIBL.
*CURLIB may also be used.
RTNLST The list of returned fields that have been selected.
The variable must be declared as *CHAR LEN(9000).
Each field takes 180 bytes. The first field is in
1-180, the second in 181-360, etc. The fields which
are not selected are blank. For example, if the
user has only selected two fields, positions 361 -
9000 will be blank.
Each returned field is a data structure which can be
defined by the TAADBHZP external file. See the
previous documentation for how to specify.
RTNLST2 The list of returned fields that have been selected.
The variable must be declared as *CHAR LEN(500).
Only the field names are returned.
The 1st element will contain ***F6*** if the F6TEXT
parameter is defined and the user presses F6.
RTNCNT A count of the returned fields. This is an optional
return variable and if specified must be declared as
*DEC LEN(5 0).
If no fields are selected (user pressed F3 or F12),
the count will be zero.
MAXFLDS The maximum number of fields that the user may
select. If the user exceeds the number, an error
message is displayed. This is designed for
applications that cannot process more than a
specified number of fields being returned. The
default is 50.
FLDTYP The field types to be displayed. * is the default
for all field types.
A list of up to 20 values may be entered for the
data base field types of A, B, D, E, F, G, H, I, J,
L, M, N, O, P, S, T, W, X, Y, and Z.
TITLE The title of the screen. The default is *DFT which
produces a value of 'Prompt fields'. Up to 30
characters may be entered. The value is left
adjusted. You may choose to insert leading blanks.
SELTEXT The selection text which appears before the
selection prompt. The default is *DFT which
produces a message with the MAXFLDS value within the
text as 'Select up to N fields, and their sequence,
F6TEXT The text for the F6 command key. The default is
*NONE in which case the F6 command key is not
If text is entered, it should be in the form
'F6=...'. Up to 15 bytes may be entered. The text
will appear with the other operable function keys at
the bottom of the display.
F6 is defined as a CA key meaning no other data
comes into the program if the key is pressed. The
RTNCNT field is set to 1 and the value '***F6***' is
placed in the 1st element of the RTNLST2 return
value. The corresponding RTNLST value will be all
A physical or single format logical file may be specified.
Up to 998 fields may exist in the file.
The following TAA Tools must be on your system:
FILEFDBCK File feedback
RTVFLDARR Retrieve field array
SNDESCMSG Send escape message
None, the tool is ready to use.
Objects used by the tool
Object Type Attribute Src member Src file
------ ---- --------- ---------- ----------
PMTFLD *CMD TAADBHZ QATTCMD
TAADBHZC *PGM CLP TAADBHZC QATTCL
TAADBHZR *PGM RPG TAADBHZR QATTRPG
TAADBHZD *FILE DSPF TAADBHZD QATTDDS
TAADBHZP *FILE PF TAADBHZP QATTDDS