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You can use either the Modify File Attributes option or the Modify Destination File option when you are ready to create the destination file that will receive your extracted data. You can also use these options to correct discrepancies that you noticed while you were building your EXTRACT template. The two options are nearly identical. However, one major difference exists: the Modify Destination File option prompts for a new file attribute: ARCHIVE FILE (see the "Destination File" topic in this chapter). If you use the Modify File Attributes option to create the destination file, you will need to access the Modify Definition File option to set the ARCHIVE FILE flag.
Here is a sample of the type of dialogue that you will encounter when modifying your destination file:
Select EXTRACT OPTION: MODIFY DESTINATION FILE This option allows you to build a file which will store data extracted from other files. When creating fields in the destination file, all data types are selectable. However, only a few data types are acceptable for receiving extracted data. Please see your User Manual for more guidance on building the destination file. MODIFY WHAT FILE: CHANGE EXTRACT
From this point on, you will see the usual dialogue while creating a new file and creating fields.
Once you have finished creating your destination file, you will see the dialogue that follows:
Select FIELD: ARCHIVE FILE? NO// ? Enter either 'Y' or 'N' ARCHIVE FILE? NO// ?? 'YES' will not allow modifications or deletions of data or data dictionary 'NO' will place no restrictions on the file. ARCHIVE FILE? NO// Select EXTRACT OPTION:
Reviewed/Updated: March 4, 2007