Writing fixed length text files

I hope my experience will save some time for some programmers who never experienced this scenario before.

When sending a fixed length text file with spaces at the end of the file;

Trailing blanks are truncated when writing in text mode.

To create fixed length records, use binary mode to write each record and append your own line break(CRLF-Hex ODOA).

File-type 'BIN' gives you the option of defining the file_size while using the ws_download function to download the file.

For an 80 character fixed length file, The internal table should be defined with the 2 extra one character type x fields.

data: begin of intab occurs 10,             
      field1(01) type c, 
      bkacct(03) type c, 
      field3(02) type n, value '00',         
      acount(10) type c ,
      field5(01) type c value ' ',          
      ttype(01) type c, 
      field8(01) type c, 
     chect(10) type n ,                                          
      laufd(6) type c,                      
      filler(14) type c value '  '.           
      cr(1) type x value '0D',              
      lf(1) type x value '0A',              
      end of intab.   

calling the function module with filetype bin with the specific file size.                      

form download_filetab. 
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that data exists describe table intab lines sy-tfill. ws_size = sy-tfill * 82. call function 'WS_DOWNLOAD' exporting bin_filesize = ws_size filename = ws_file filetype = 'BIN' tables data_tab = intab exceptions file_open_error = 1 file_write_error = 2 invalid_filesize = 3 invalid_table_width = 4 invalid_type = 5 others = 6. Hope it helps!

This was first published in May 2002

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