Query about invalid character

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Issue/Introduction

An invalid character '3F' caused VTAM error 1003, I have the following question

1. Is there any enhancement done in CASPOOL R14 so that the above mentioned problem is fixed?

2. Is there a list of invalid character that CASPOOL cannot handle properly?

 

Environment

Release : 14.0

Component : CA-Spool

Resolution

CA Spool has no restrictions regarding the characters, the restrictions are in the VTAM side. CA Spool has the capability of filtering the unprintable characters so that a VTAM error does not occur. 

Regarding what characters are considered "unprintable" you can browse the sample translation table named TEXTTRAN we provided in the member ESFTRAN of the CBQ4SRC library. On this table all unprintable characters are replaced by x'40':

*                 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F     
TEXTTRAN DC    X'40404040404040404040404040404040'  0 
         DC    X'4040404040404040404040401C401E40'  1 
         DC    X'40404040404040404040404040404040'  2 
         DC    X'40404040404040404040404040404040'  3 
         DC    X'404142434445464748494A4B4C4D4E4F'  4 
         DC    X'505140535455565758595A5B5C5D5E5F'  5 
         DC    X'606162636465666768696A6B6C6D6E6F'  6 
         DC    X'707172737475767778797A7B7C7D7E7F'  7 
         DC    X'808182838485868788898A8B8C8D8E8F'  8 
         DC    X'909192939495969798999A9B9C9D9E9F'  9 
         DC    X'A0A1A2A3A4A5A6A7A8A9AAABACADAEAF'  A 
         DC    X'B0B1B2B3B4B5B6B7B8B9BABBBCBDBEBF'  B 
         DC    X'C0C1C2C3C4C5C6C7C8C9CACBCCCD4040'  C 
         DC    X'D0D1D2D3D4D5D6D7D8D9DADBDC404040'  D 
         DC    X'E040E2E3E4E5E6E7E8E9EAEBEC404040'  E 
         DC    X'F0F1F2F3F4F5F6F7F8F9FAFBFCFD4040'  F 


Again, this is not a CA Spool but a VTAM restriction.