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...  CODE PAGE cp ... 


This addition specifies that the representation of character-like data objects in the file is based on the code page specified in cp. When a character-like data object is written or read, a conversion between this code page and the current character representation is performed, if necessary. If the addition is not specified, the data is read or written in a non-Unicode system without conversion. In a Unicode system, the characters of the file are treated in accordance with the non-Unicode code page that would be assigned at the time of read/write in a non-Unicode system (in accordance with the entry specified in the database table TCP0C of the current text environment).

The code page specification cp expects a character-like data object that must contain, when the statement is executed, the name of a non-Unicode page from the column CPCODEPAGE in the database table TCP00. You must not specify a Unicode code page.


  • In Unicode systems, this addition enables the automatic conversion of file content to the current character format when reading and writing files. In this way, files saved in non-Unicode systems can be imported into Unicode systems.
  • The statement SET DATASET can be used to specify a different code page for an opened legacy file.
  • The addition CODE PAGE replaces the use of the obsolete statement TRANSLATE CODE PAGE in when accessing files.