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WS: WW: File Output FAQs (Doc ID 1309030.1)

Last updated on APRIL 09, 2021

Applies to:

JD Edwards World World Writer - Version A7.3 cume 4 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


The document contains FAQs and troubleshooting tips for when a World Writer version is used to create a physical file. 

Please see the Reference section for a list of Bugs related to file output. There may be a fix and/or workaround available for these issues. This list is not inclusive.

Questions and Answers

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In this Document
Questions and Answers
 Question 1:  What changes have been made to World Writer file output that could impact daily business processes?
 Question 2: Why does Error 1899 occur when you change a World Writer version from Detail to Totals Only when the Output Media is to a physical file?
 Question 3: Can you output a file to a specific file member?
 Question 4: When you create a file with World Writer, why does the last character of a negative number appear as an alpha character or the '}' symbol?
 Question 5: Is there a way to add or append records to an existing file created by World Writer?
 Question 6: Can you delete records from a file using World Writer?
 Question 7: Is there a way to delimit records using commas or semi colons for the purpose of uploading the report to Excel?
 Question 8: What is the maximum number of fields World Writer can output to a file?
 Question 9: What would cause the output file to be missing some of the fields specified on Output Field Specifications?
 Question 10: Can you output to file Julian date fields in different formats such as a 4 digit year?
 Question 11: How do you ensure that World Writer created a file successfully?
 Question 12: When a World Writer version creates a file, where does the CCSID value for the file come from?
 Question 13: What are some common Output to File/Library Authority problems?
 Question 14: How do you prevent a data description report from being created when World Writer creates a file?
 Question 15: Can you change the delimiter from a comma to another value when using 8=DB Export (Export to IFS File)?
 Question 16: Can a global change be performed for the Output Library in all World Writer versions that create a file?
 Question 17: How do you convert packed numeric fields to zoned decimal when creating a file?

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