## Moving Numeric values between variables in Easytrieve

When you want to move a value from one Numeric/Packed/Binary variable to another Numeric/Packed (COMP-3) /Binary (COMP) variable, never use the MOVE verb. Just use the assignment statement using “=” (equal) symbol.

This is because, MOVE will work fine, if the hexadecimally stored values are compatible. (ie, Numeric to Numeric, Packed to Packed, or Binary to Binary). Other cases, you will see unwanted values.

Instead of facing such issues, just use the simple assignment statements.

```----+----1----+----2----+----3----+----4----+----5----+----6----+----7--
LIST ON
FILE INFILE
WS-NUERIC W 9 N VALUE 5
WS-BINARY W 4 B
WS-PACKED W 5 P 0
*
JOB INPUT NULL
* PRINT 5
DISPLAY WS-NUMERIC
* ASSIGN IT TO WS-BINARY
WS-BINARY = WS-NUMERIC
DISPLAY WS-BINARY
* ASSIGN IT TO WS-PACKED
WS-PACKED = WS-BINARY
DISPLAY WS-PACKED
STOP.```
 Numeric to Packed, Binary WS-BINARY = WS-NUMERIC WS-PACKED = WS-NUMERIC Binary to Numeric, Packed WS-NUMERIC = WS-BINARY WS-PACKED = WS-BINARY Packed to Binary, Numeric WS-NUMERIC = WS-PACKED WS-BINARY = WS-PACKED

If you want to move a value from Packed to Alpha,
first move the packed to a Numeric variable, then move the Numeric variable to an Alpha variable.
i.e,

``` WS-NUMERIC = WS-PACKED
MOVE WS-NUMERIC TO WS-ALPHA
```

Similarly, if you want to move from Binary to Alpha,

``` WS-NUMERIC = WS-BINARY
MOVE WS-NUMERIC TO WS-ALPHA
```

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• pavan
February 7th, 2012 at 5:34 am

• Karthik