SET copies the contents of a source field to a destination field.

     SET      =  
    (1)            (2) (3)                    (4)    (5) (6)                    (7)

(1) T/F execution conditions

(5) Source application ID

(2) Destination application ID

(6) Source field name, PDF, or constant

(3) Destination field name or PDF

(7) Source occurrence (constant/index)

(4) Destination occ (constant/index)


Using the Statement

The contents of the source field are not modified. If the source and destination fields are of different types, conversion is performed automatically. The destination field must be either a field name or a modifiable predefined field. The source field can be a field name, a predefined field, or a constant. Constants are considered to be the same field type as the destination.

Specific information regarding the SET statement is provided in the following sections:

    When the SET Destination is Alpha

    When the SET Destination is a Number

    When the SET Destination is a Date

    When the SET Destination is a Logic Field


The destination field must be either a field name or a modifiable predefined field.

For an alpha destination, if the source field is null, the intermediate alpha form is set to blank. If the converted value is too large to fit in the destination, it is truncated.

For a numeric destination, if the destination field is not large enough to hold the integer part of the source field value, a numeric overflow condition results. Overflow processing is dependent on the use of OVERFLOW statements within the event point containing the SET statement. If the source field is null or blank, the destination field is set to its null value. In addition, a valid source field must contain only digits, an optional decimal point, an optional leading or trailing sign, and optional leading and/or trailing spaces.

For a date destination, unless the source field is null, it must contain exactly 16 decimal digits. A date constant must be exactly 16 characters in length, without leading or embedded blanks, and with trailing blanks. Only those characters of the date constant that are within the range of the date parts of the destination date field must be valid date values.

Execution Errors

For numeric and date destinations, a non-recoverable error occurs at runtime if a restriction (as described in the appropriate section) is not complied with.

Related Statements



The following subroutine is an example of the use of the SET statement. Note that some fields are alpha, some are numeric, some are dates, and some are constants. The example includes both alpha and numeric constants (since constants are deemed to be the same field type as the destination field).

          SET      TAR MTDPOST FULL               =  TAR ADJUST2 FULL
          SET      TAR MTDPOST AMOUNT             =  TAR ADJUST2 AMOUNT
          COMPUTE  TAR MTDPOST AMOUNT             *      -1
          IF       TAR PARAM POST TO GL           EQ     1
    T     IF       TAR MTDPOST AMOUNT             GE     0

    TT    SET      TGL POST ADJUSTMENT            =      0
    TF    SET      TGL POST ADJUSTMENT            =      1
          SET      TAR MTDPOST TRX DATE           =  TAR ADJUST2 TRX DATE
          SET      TAR MTDPOST APPLY TO           =  TAR ADJUST2 APPLY TO