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PI23332: PARAGRAPH SIGN ¶õ IN AN RDZ PROPERTY GROUP ADDITIONAL JCL FIELD TRANSLATES TO AN INVALID CHARACTER.

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • Paragraph sign ᄊ￵ in an Rational Developer for System z property
    group additional JCL field translates to an invalid character
    x'3F' on the host.
    
    The invalid character is already visible when opening generated
    JCL before submitting as a right arrow (the appearance can
    vary). After submitting the character is invalid (x'3F').
    
    If, before submit from RDz, the invalid right arrow is changed
    into a paragraph sign then the problem is circumvented. So this
    does not appear to be a code page problem. ᄊ￵ = Unicode x'00A7'
    = IBM-037 x'B5'.
    
    Reproducion:
    * Insert ᄊ￵ in JCL comment or DD statement in a property group
      (additional JCL field e.g. tab JCL, field "JCL job card")
    * Generate JCL
    * On question Open or submit select open
    * Insert ᄊ￵ in another comment for verification
    * Submit / save JCL
    
    Observe x'3F' instead of EBCDIC paragraph sign in z/OS dataset
    after ISPF browse and command "HEX ON". The expected Hexadecimal
    value for a paragraph sign depends on the active host code page.
    

Local fix

  • Insert paragraph sign in JCL editor (Open from popup dialog)
    before submit.
    

Problem summary

  • We were using the default character encoding when creating the
    BufferedWriter which writes the JCL during JCL generation.  The
    default encoding could not handle the unicode U+00A7 of the
    section sign.
    

Problem conclusion

  • We now pass a character set encoding name to the BufferedWriter
    writing the JCL file.  The encoding defaults to UTF-8 but can be
    overridden by an encoding set on the source file.
    
    The problem listed in this APAR has been resolved with
    IBM Rational Developer for System z V9.0.1.3 Fix Pack which
    is available from the Recommended Fixes support download page:
    http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=2294&uid=swg27006335
    

Temporary fix

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APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PI23332

  • Reported component name

    RATL DEV FOR SY

  • Reported component ID

    5724T0700

  • Reported release

    901

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2014-08-06

  • Closed date

    2014-08-22

  • Last modified date

    2014-08-22

  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    RATL DEV FOR SY

  • Fixed component ID

    5724T0700

Applicable component levels

  • R901 PSY

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Document information

More support for: Rational Developer for System z

Software version: 901

Reference #: PI23332

Modified date: 22 August 2014