Code to read Cobol data files
achrist at easystreet.com
Thu Sep 22 08:11:33 CEST 2005
> Any one know of some code to read cobol data files....
I posted some here maybe 5+ years ago that would convert COBOL comp-3,
comp-4, and comp-5 fields (as from Realia) to whatever. I suppose you
can still find it in google somewhere.
There was some help for cracking one of the other COBOL file formats at
a site called Wotsit's file formats or something like that. This helped
me access data out of ISAM files from one of the non-Realia desktop
COBOLs. It was one of the more popular COBOL versions way back in the
1980's, but I don't recall anymore which one it was, but I'd guess RM
Cobol if I had to.
COBOL has/had an indexed file type defined in the language, and the
COBOL vendors each implemented it independently, I think. So there are
variations in both the coding of various field/record types and the way
that the files are put together. But Python can handle it if you can
figure out the rules.
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