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3.1 What Is a File and What Is a File Definition?

The file control component of LANSA works with file definitions.

It is important that the concept of a file definition and how it relates to the IBM i concept of a file be understood before attempting to use the file control components of LANSA.

A file is a normal IBM i database file in which records can be retrieved, added, changed or deleted. A file may be a physical file or a logical view / file.

To create a file LANSA uses a file definition.

In IBM i terms a file definition contains:

In addition the LANSA file definition may also contain:

Some points to note about working with file definitions are: