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Updating spool files

We use document formatting software to customize our ERP documents i.e. invoices, customer order acknowledgements for printing and converting into PDF format for e-mailing.

An invaluable tool in testing and developing these forms is the ability to modify and create spool files easily with different conditions, max filled fields etc. without having to change the database and run the ERP applications.

1. Create physical file - for copying to - i.e. QGPL/SPOOL
2. Use CPYSPLF to copy to this file using CTLCHAR(*FCFC)
3. Update QGPL/SPOOL changing data as required - we use WRKDBF (great freeware)
4. Then OVRPRTF FILE(QSYSPRT) CTLCHAR(*FCFC) SPLFNAME(original)
5. CPYF FROMFILE(SPOOL) TOFILE(QSYSPRT)

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