Input and output statement qualifiers

Many of the I/O statements have qualifiers that enable you to control the function of the statement. Each qualifier is followed by an expression. The valid values for each statement qualifier are defined by the compiler (and in the dbl.def file included with your distribution, which you can use as a reference).


When specifying a qualifier, you can either use a colon before the expression (for example, KEYNUM:krf_spec) or an equal sign (for example, KEYNUM=krf_spec).


The KRF qualifier is deprecated; we recommend you use KEYNUM, which is functionally equivalent.

ALLOC - Pre-allocate a number of blocks

BKTSIZ - Set bucket size

BLKSIZ - Set block size

BUFNUM - Set number of process local I/O buffers

BUFSIZ - Set buffer size

CONTIG - Allocate contiguity of a file

DEQ - Set number of blocks to add

DIRECTION - Set direction of a READS

FDL - Specify an FDL or XDL string or file specification

GETRFA - Return a record’s RFA

KEYNUM - Specify a key of reference

LOCK - Control record locking

MASK - Specify activation characters

MATCH - Define how a record is located

NOFILL - Prevent the data area from being padded with blanks

OPTIONS - Specify runtime options

POSITION - Define the file position

RECSIZ - Specify a record size for a file

RECTYPE - Define the type of records to write to a file

RFA - Locate record with the specified RFA

SHARE - Control file access

TEMPFILE - Define an intermediate file for output mode

WAIT - Specify wait time for an I/O statement to finish processing