What is the COMP-X used for?

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Anonymous
What is the COMP-X used for?

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
We use Micro focus mainframe express for our development work in 
COBOL, recently I came across a copybook which had datatype of variables 
defined as COMP-X. Please see below code for reference.
 
05  FCD-FILE-STATUS.                               
    10  FCD-STATUS-KEY-1 PIC X.                    
    10  FCD-STATUS-KEY-2 PIC X.                    
    10  FCD-BINARY       REDEFINES FCD-STATUS-KEY-2
                         PIC 99 COMP-X.            
 
As far as I know, I dont think regular COBOL which runs on mainframe uses 
this datatype.
 
I would be grateful if someone can explain what is COMP-X datatype and if
COBOL for OS/390 uses this?
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Anonymous
RE:What is the COMP-X used for?

 

Comp-x is binary datatype and the use of COMP-X is for extended filestatus byte in Microfocus COBOL 
COMP-X is a Microfocus extension not supported in standard mainframe COBOL...)
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