z/OS File Transfer ignores zero length records in case of Variable Blocked (VB) data sets

Document ID : KB000087904
Last Modified Date : 14/04/2018
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Issue:
Error Message :
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Automic File Transfer (FT) from z/OS to Unix removes empty lines (lines containing only blanks). It occurs when the source file is Recfm=VB, and it works when it is Recfm=FB.
 
Investigation

Here an example, of what the source file looks like.
 0EMb0000001UMnc.png
 
The empty lines, marked in red above, are missing in the destination file:
 0EMb0000001UMnh.png
 
By default the Language Environment I/O API ignores zero length records when accessing a data set with a record format of VB (variable blocked). This behavior causes the z/OS Agent to ignore empty lines on file transfers of text based files stored in VB datasets.

 
Environment:
OS: MVS
Cause:
Cause type:
Defect
Root Cause: By default the Language Environment I/O API ignores zero length records in case of accessing data set with record format VB (variable blocked). This behavior caused the z/OS Agent to ignore empty lines.
Resolution:
This field was added on 30/03/2017. This article has not been updated yet. Refer to the "Description" or "Workaround" sections for solution information.

Fix Status: Released

Fix Version(s):
Component(s): Agent MVS

Automation Engine 11.2.2 - Available
Automation Engine 11.1.4 - Available
Automation Engine 10.0.8 - Available
Additional Information:
Workaround :
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