Dynamically change batch FTP script

At my clients place, we FTP an e-mail file to a third-party vendor daily; this happens as a batch process. The vendor wants the file to be suffixed with the current date, so they can standardize the input. But, batch FTP needs the script in a PF member. To change the file name in the FTP input script (PF/Member), we used a FREEWARE-SQLSTM to update the statement in the script with the current date.

This below method can be used for changing the script dynamically -- if you are already using the batch FTP process.

CUSTLIB/EMAILPF -- E-mail file, that needs to be sent via FTP to the Client
Flmmddyy.txt - Filename on the Client side
SQLSTM - SQL command that runs in the CL. (There are several utilities which offer a way to execute SQL via a standard command interface)

0146.00 /* SET THE OUT FILE ON CLIENT SIDE AS "FLmmddyy.txt" */             
0147.00            RTVJOBA    DATE(&DATE)

0148.00            CHGVAR   &VAR1 (&DATE *CAT '.TXT')

0150.00                         SET FTPINPUT = ''PUT CUSTLIB/EMAILPF +

0151.00                           FL' *CAT &VAR1 *TCAT ''' +           
0152.00                        WHERE SUBSTR(FTPINPUT,1,3) = ''PUT''  ')     

0154.00              SQLSTM     CMD(&STMT)



FTP INPUT File (Script for FTP)

Display Physical File Member  CUSTLIB/INPUT
FTPINPUT is the only field with 80 chars.
 File . . . . . . :   INPUT              Library  . . . . :   SONOMA

 Member . . . . . :   INPUT              Record . . . . . :   1

 Control  . . . . .                       Column . . . . . :   1

 Find . . . . . . .

userid password


PUT INPUT/CUSTLIB Flmmddyy.TXT                                       

                           ****** END OF DATA ******


Note: Search the Search400.com tips section on how to FTP from iSeries. Interactively, batch, etc.


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This was first published in March 2004

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