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question on parsing Mainframe packed decimal and zoned decimals in Alteryx .


Help on parsing Mainframe data.

If anybody successfully parsed mainframe packed decimal and zone decimal (Signed).   I am using .bat file to download the mainframe file using ftp into Alteryx.  


Hello @Ananth 

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Thanks Trevor


I have downloaded a mainframe (EBCDIC)  file to PC using .bat (run command).   Now the question is to parse the numeric data (packed decimal/zoned decimals with sign) which downloaded as junk in ASCII from EBCDIC format.  looking for option to parse the file.  . 


Packed decimal


Pic 9(6)v99  Comp-3 in mainframe          PD

pic  S9(6)V99.  (signed zoned decimal)  ZD


Below is a logical aproach to solve this, that I've applied in my work

Step1 : You can either land the EBCDIC data  in bytes form from source   [ select hex(ebcdic_data)  from source_table] 


apply the code page encoding on the ASCII form of the EBCDIC data and then apply HEX function  to get HEX form of BYTES ( Eg:  Hex(Encode(ebcdic_column,'IBM500')) - where IBM500 is the codepage)


Step2: Once you get the HEX form of the bytes , you can write custom UDF s in python,etc  to convert the data to readable .

This is an approach I followed as PySpark script to solve this issue in my project .


Since Alteryx 2018.3 supports Python script , it may be a possibility to apply these UDFs in Alteryx , I have not explored this option in Alteryx  though.