U can't do that since th system use that description to validate and display
the datas on screen.
And for one data of 4 position long u have that field in some file...so if u
change the DD description it will make you unable to use the proggie which
use those fields
Tread very carefully on this one. I changed the Display Decimals value from 4 to 2 on one field. I found that it affected the values that actually printed. It moved the decimal over 2 positions and caused all kinds of headaches. Lesson learned - don't change the data dictionary.
Some Thursday, 12:30PM, just BEFORE lunch, black humour!
If you say so (would be nice to get a reply on this), this is my 4(th)¢ (or reply, whatever
How could anybody change the character length? The character size equals one, only, always, unfortunately everywhere
Assuming you want to change (or, sorry, mess up with) a Data Dictionary Item size, see the previous (excellent) 3 positive replies. Don't do it! You'll regret it! You'd better make public the system configuration
One was glad to be of help.
I will also add my thoughts.
If you want to change data dictionary field length
values you should first draft a nice letter to your
boss saying that you resign (before he can cut your
head off because of the data corruption).
However if you have no data in your files it is safe
to change things like display decimals (with
reservations). But never change the size of the field
because this does not change the way it is stored in
the only thing u can change in DD are number of decimal, control rules,
display rules...BUT you have to do it carefully...
for example, if you change the number of decimal, u have to convert MANULLY
all data alreday recorded with the old format.