Expand and Edit Data for Long Character Columns

You can edit long character column data by using the EXPLODE facility within RC/Edit. This facility invokes the standard ISPF editor and displays full screen mode. In the ISPF edit session, you can perform any ISPF command, and you can copy data from other data sets.
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You can edit long character column data by using the EXPLODE facility within RC/Edit. This facility invokes the standard ISPF editor and displays full screen mode. In the ISPF edit session, you can perform any ISPF command, and you can copy data from other data sets.
You can use the editor to enter formatted character data with indentation and blank lines. If using QMF or
CA Report Facility
 to view the column's data, you can enter an edit code to wrap the data at 50 characters. This allows column character data to be treated as a formatted data set.
Contiguous text can be entered with no indentation or padding with spaces. If a data set exists into which you want to copy the character's column, refill the text in the original data set to fit within 50 columns.
By default, the ISPF edit session displays the starting position of the data on the associated line within the expanded column. During the edit process, if you move, insert, or delete lines, the line numbers will not update dynamically to reflect new positions. To refresh the column position, you must exit the EXPLODE facility (by pressing PF3) and then re-enter.
Follow these steps:
  1. Complete fields as follows on the CA RC/Update Main Menu:
    • Type
      E
      in the Option field.
    • Type
      T
      in the Object field.
    • Specify a table object name in the Item field. You can also enter selection criteria to display a selection list.
    • (Optional) Complete the remaining fields as needed to refine your request.
    Press Enter.
    The RC/Edit Options panel appears.
  2. Complete the fields on the panel as needed to determine options for your edit session, then press Enter.
    A column or form mode panel appears, listing rows of column data.
  3. Type
    EXPLODE
    in the command line, move the cursor to the column whose data you want to expand (explode), and press Enter.
    The EXPLODE command (along with a graphics display terminal) might be needed to edit DBCS (Double-Byte Character Set) data or graphics data.An ISPF edit session begins, showing the detailed column data. 
  4. Perform any edits (issuing ISPF commands as needed), then press the F3 (End) key.
    You can edit hexadecimal data by using the HEX and HEX OFF primary commands, which work as a toggle. Additionally, if you need to refresh the sequential line numbering, you can issue the NUM OFF primary command.The column or form mode panel reappears after you press the End key.