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QTIPS - MFS - Select.Index

Owners of the new "Modifying Filing System" book from RevTI will be aware that it is now possible to query an MFS to see if it is capable of a specific type of search, so that the programmer does not have to encode the logic him/herself. This is achieved by calling the filing system as in the following code example

0002      BFS = PRIMARY_FILE_VAR<1,1> ; N_FS = BFS<1,1,1>
0003      HANDLE = DELETE( PRIMARY_FILE_VAR, 1, 1, 0 )
0004      NAME = "FAMILY_NAME" ; FMC = @FM :@FM : @FM : 1
0005      RECORD = 7 ; STATUS = 0
0007    END

Here the NAME is set to the dictionary item to check, the FMC to a case insensitive flag, RECORD to a code indicating the type of search to check for (7 is GT) and STATUS to 0 indicating a test call.

Whilst the documentation records that the results will be returned in RECORD they are in fact returned in FMC.

(Volume 4, Issue 8, Pages 12,13)
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