Eclipse Errors

Is there a way to tell Eclipse that Echo is a reserved word for Accept Statements, which it is for RM Cobol (Until I remove them all).

Either Eclipse tells me that every ECHO is an error, or I add Echo to the Working Storage, which makes Eclipse happy, but then the Program won't build because I have a Reserved Word in Working Storage ...

I can ignore the Error messages for ECHO, but we have a prompt heavy system, and I won't be able to use Eclipses find error features.

I just need to tell Eclipse that ECHO is ok, for now.

  • Hi Eric, are you compiling with the dialect(rm) directive?

    If not, try adding this at the top of the source file starting in col 7:

    $set dialect(rm)

  • Hello Eric,

    It appears you may aleady have dialect(rm) turned on, either through $set dialect(rm) or through the Eclipse. In either event, the ECHO entry in Working Storage will be flagged as a reserved item if dialect(rm) is on. Using the default MF/COBOL dialect should enable ECHO to be set as a varible in Working Storage. This is a case where the RM Dialect does not provide 100% compatibility. We recommend that you use the Compatibility Guide, in the online help facility, under Micro Focus Visual COBOL 2.2 ...., Programming, Compatibility, Compatility with RM/COBOL Applications,  to modify the code so that you will not need to use dialect(rm).

  • So no work around ... to make Eclipse happy, while I'm importing my RM/Cobol?

  • I am not seeing the error of which you speak when I use dialect"rm" or just the rm directive.

    I  believe that you also had an open incident regarding the call "system" but it failed if you set dialect"rm" on because of the different call-convention used when dialect"rm" is on.

    I find that both the echo and the call "system" work correctly if I use $set rm instead of $set dialect"rm" at least when testing under Windows.

    The following compiles and runs fine under VC 2.2 for Eclipse update 1 when I run it locally under Windows.

         $set rm
          identification division.
          program-id. Program1.
          environment division.
          configuration section.
          data division.
          working-storage section.
          01 field-1   pic x(10) value "12345".
          01 any-key  pic x.
          procedure division.

              display "test"

              accept field-1 line 5 position 5 echo
              call "SYSTEM" using "notepad.exe c:\temp\test.txt"

              accept any-key


          end program Program1.

  • using $set rm also works with Visual COBOL for Eclipse with remote projects on  DevHub, though you will want to terminate the string call using all SYSTEM with a null terminator such as

    CALL "SYSTEM" USING "touch /home/support/test.txt \0" .


    CALL "SYSTEM" USING z"touch /home/support/test.txt"

    the z will tell COBOL to null terminate the string that follows.

    Otherwise a file will be created named test.txt8? instead of test.txt.

    The accept echo statement also works under this scenerio.

  • Using $set RM vs $set DIALECT"RM", worked great!!

    Is $set RM the better choice when choosing RM Methods?

  • For RM library routines you may need to follow the second example in the KB below:

    Also consult the compatibility guide in the onlines for the product for other known compatibility issues.

    For specific RM methods, you may encounter varying levels of success.

  • I have found an issue ... if you build the Using Portion of the Call "SYSTEM" in working-storage, you cannot specify the Z option. Which makes for some unpredictable results. Such as the system inventing some additional e-mails, that are completely bogus.

  • If you can supply a small reproducible test case, that would be useful.

  • Is there a way to specify the Z option in the Call and still use a Working-Storage variable for the Call?

    Something like.