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FAQ: Database Variables

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What are CoolSpools Database variables?

CoolSpools Database variables

The CoolSpools Database commands that convert database files support a number of special values known as CoolSpools Database variables on certain command parameters. Those special values are replaced at run time with a piece of data, for example a database file attribute.

Each CoolSpools Database variable consists of a pre-defined variable name from the list below enclosed in the markers <: ... >; (start of variable marker = left-hand angle bracket followed by a colon, end of variable marker = colon followed by a right-hand angle bracket).

You can define a different pair of markers from <: and >; by adding/changing the environment variables CS_VAR_LEFT_MARKER and CS_VAR_RIGHT_MARKER. For example, if you have CS_VAR_LEFT_MARKER set to $% and CS_VAR_RIGHT_MARKER set to %$, you would use $%MBRTEXT%$ rather than <:MBRTEXT>; etc.

These variable names, including the markers, are replaced at run time by the corresponding data value. Variable names are not case-sensitive.

Variable name Description

<:CURJOB>

Current job name

<:CURUSER>

Current user id

<:CURJOBNBR>

Current job number

<:FROMFILE>

Name of the database file specified on FROMFILE

<:FROMLIB>

Library specified on FROMFILE

<:FROMMBR>

Member name specified on FROMFILE

<:RCDFMT>

Name of the record format in the file specified on FROMFILE. Invalid if more than one record format is selected for processing.

<:FILETEXT>

File-level text of the file specified on FROMFILE

<:MBRTEXT>

Member-level text of the member specified on FROMFILE

<:RCDTEXT>

Record format-level text of the record format in the file specified on FROMFILE. Invalid if more than one record format is selected for processing.

<:QRYDFN>

Name of the Query/400 query object specified on the QRYDFN parameter

<:QRYDFNLIB>

Library name specified on the QRYDFN parameter

<:QMQRY>

Name of the QM Query object specified on the QMQRY parameter

<:QMQRYLIB>

Library name specified on the QMQRY parameter

<:STMFEXT>

Default file extension corresponding to the format being output (e.g. '.CSV' when CSV being generated or '.XLS' when an Excel file is being created.

<:TOFMT>

To-format. The format of the data being generated (corresponding to the TOFMT parameter of the CVTDBFSTMF command), .e.g. '*CSV', '*XLS'

<:CURDATE>

The current date in the format of the current job (DATFMT attribute).

<:CURDATE*xxx>

The current date in the format indicated by *xxx, where *xxx is any one of: *YMD, *MDY, *DMY, *YYMD, *MDYY, *DMYY, *CYMD, *CMDY, *CDMY, *ISO, *EUR, *JIS, *JUL, *LONGJUL, *JOB or *SYSVAL.

<:CURDAY>

The current day of the month as a number 01-31.

<:CURMONTH>

The current month as a number 01-12.

<:CURYEAR>

The current year as a number 0001-9999

<:CURYEAR4>

The current year as a number 0001-9999

<:CURYEAR3>

The current year as a number c01-c99 where c is 0 for the 20th century and 1 for the 21st.

<:CURYEAR2>

The current year as a number 01-99.

<:CURTIME>

The current time in hhmmss format.

<:CURUSEREMAIL>

The email address of current user. The email address is the SMTP email address of the user from the system directory.

<:CURUSERNAME>

The name of the current user. The name is derived from the information held for the user in the system directory.

<:CURUSERHOME>

The home directory of the current user. The home directory is taken from the HOMEDIR attribute of the user profile.

Example:
CVTDBFXL FROMFILE(QADSPOBJ)
              TOSTMF('<:fromlib>_<:fromfile>_<:frommbr>.xls')
              EMAIL(*YES)
              EMAILTO((<:CURUSEREMAIL>))

Here the CVTDBFXL command is being applied to a database file called QADSPOBJ. The name of the stream file to be generated will be derived from various the library name, file name and member name, e.g.:

QGPL_QADSPOBJ_QADSPOBJ.XLS

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