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cnt( )

Other versions: 7.31 | 7.40 | 7.54

Obsolete Syntax

... cnt(field) ....


For the fields field1, field2, ... of the field groups of an extract dataset, automatically data objects named cnt(field1), cnt(field2), ... of data type i are created. These fields can be accessed only within a LOOP and are filled with values for sorted extract datasets using the statements AT END OF and AT LAST.

If field1, field2, ... are fields with a non-numeric data type of the field group header and the extract dataset was sorted by field1, field2, ... , then cnt(field1), cnt(field2), ... contain the number of different values that field1, field2, ... have within the group level or the entire dataset.

If the fields cnt(field1), cnt(field2), ... are accessed without the extract dataset first being sorted, a non-handleable exception can be raised.


  • No substring access cnt(len) can be made on a data object called cnt without an offset being specified explicitly. The compiler always interprets an offset specified like this as a field for an extract dataset.
  • No customizing include may be specified for field if it is empty.