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Sometimes because of business needs, whenever an update is performed to a primary table, changes are recorded in a HISTORY table. At this point, to save space, multiple fields will be placed in a single comments column. These COBOL fields can be COMP values as well. Once these COMP values are stored in the DB2 CHAR column, it becomes difficult if you want to know the value of that field from the HISTORY table. But below is a query that helps you finding the numeric value of the COMP field.

10 COMP_NUMBER    PIC S9(9) USAGE COMP.

Above field is stored in first 4 bytes of the column COMMENT_CLM in the table SCHEMA.DB2_TABLE.

Query to get the numeric value of the COMP field is below.

SELECT
(CASE SUBSTR(CHAR(HEX(SUBSTR(COMMENT_CLM,1,4))),1,1)
WHEN ‘A’ THEN 10
WHEN ‘B’ THEN 11
WHEN ‘C’ THEN 12
WHEN ‘D’ THEN 13
WHEN ‘E’ THEN 14
WHEN ‘F’ THEN 15
WHEN ‘0’ THEN 0
WHEN ‘1’ THEN 1
WHEN ‘2’ THEN 2
WHEN ‘3’ THEN 3
WHEN ‘4’ THEN 4
WHEN ‘5’ THEN 5
WHEN ‘6’ THEN 6
WHEN ‘7’ THEN 7
WHEN ‘8’ THEN 8
WHEN ‘9’ THEN 9
END) * POWER(16,7) +
(CASE SUBSTR(CHAR(HEX(SUBSTR(COMMENT_CLM,1,4))),2,1)
WHEN ‘A’ THEN 10
WHEN ‘B’ THEN 11
WHEN ‘C’ THEN 12
WHEN ‘D’ THEN 13
WHEN ‘E’ THEN 14
WHEN ‘F’ THEN 15
WHEN ‘0’ THEN 0
WHEN ‘1’ THEN 1
WHEN ‘2’ THEN 2
WHEN ‘3’ THEN 3
WHEN ‘4’ THEN 4
WHEN ‘5’ THEN 5
WHEN ‘6’ THEN 6
WHEN ‘7’ THEN 7
WHEN ‘8’ THEN 8
WHEN ‘9’ THEN 9
END) * POWER(16,6) +
(CASE SUBSTR(CHAR(HEX(SUBSTR(COMMENT_CLM,1,4))),3,1)
WHEN ‘A’ THEN 10
WHEN ‘B’ THEN 11
WHEN ‘C’ THEN 12
WHEN ‘D’ THEN 13
WHEN ‘E’ THEN 14
WHEN ‘F’ THEN 15
WHEN ‘0’ THEN 0
WHEN ‘1’ THEN 1
WHEN ‘2’ THEN 2
WHEN ‘3’ THEN 3
WHEN ‘4’ THEN 4
WHEN ‘5’ THEN 5
WHEN ‘6’ THEN 6
WHEN ‘7’ THEN 7
WHEN ‘8’ THEN 8
WHEN ‘9’ THEN 9
END) * POWER(16,5) +
(CASE SUBSTR(CHAR(HEX(SUBSTR(COMMENT_CLM,1,4))),4,1)
WHEN ‘A’ THEN 10
WHEN ‘B’ THEN 11
WHEN ‘C’ THEN 12
WHEN ‘D’ THEN 13
WHEN ‘E’ THEN 14
WHEN ‘F’ THEN 15
WHEN ‘0’ THEN 0
WHEN ‘1’ THEN 1
WHEN ‘2’ THEN 2
WHEN ‘3’ THEN 3
WHEN ‘4’ THEN 4
WHEN ‘5’ THEN 5
WHEN ‘6’ THEN 6
WHEN ‘7’ THEN 7
WHEN ‘8’ THEN 8
WHEN ‘9’ THEN 9
END) * POWER(16,4) +
(CASE SUBSTR(CHAR(HEX(SUBSTR(COMMENT_CLM,1,4))),5,1)
WHEN ‘A’ THEN 10
WHEN ‘B’ THEN 11
WHEN ‘C’ THEN 12
WHEN ‘D’ THEN 13
WHEN ‘E’ THEN 14
WHEN ‘F’ THEN 15
WHEN ‘0’ THEN 0
WHEN ‘1’ THEN 1
WHEN ‘2’ THEN 2
WHEN ‘3’ THEN 3
WHEN ‘4’ THEN 4
WHEN ‘5’ THEN 5
WHEN ‘6’ THEN 6
WHEN ‘7’ THEN 7
WHEN ‘8’ THEN 8
WHEN ‘9’ THEN 9
END) * POWER(16,3) +
(CASE SUBSTR(CHAR(HEX(SUBSTR(COMMENT_CLM,1,4))),6,1)
WHEN ‘A’ THEN 10
WHEN ‘B’ THEN 11
WHEN ‘C’ THEN 12
WHEN ‘D’ THEN 13
WHEN ‘E’ THEN 14
WHEN ‘F’ THEN 15
WHEN ‘0’ THEN 0
WHEN ‘1’ THEN 1
WHEN ‘2’ THEN 2
WHEN ‘3’ THEN 3
WHEN ‘4’ THEN 4
WHEN ‘5’ THEN 5
WHEN ‘6’ THEN 6
WHEN ‘7’ THEN 7
WHEN ‘8’ THEN 8
WHEN ‘9’ THEN 9
END) * POWER(16,2) +
(CASE SUBSTR(CHAR(HEX(SUBSTR(COMMENT_CLM,1,4))),7,1)
WHEN ‘A’ THEN 10
WHEN ‘B’ THEN 11
WHEN ‘C’ THEN 12
WHEN ‘D’ THEN 13
WHEN ‘E’ THEN 14
WHEN ‘F’ THEN 15
WHEN ‘0’ THEN 0
WHEN ‘1’ THEN 1
WHEN ‘2’ THEN 2
WHEN ‘3’ THEN 3
WHEN ‘4’ THEN 4
WHEN ‘5’ THEN 5
WHEN ‘6’ THEN 6
WHEN ‘7’ THEN 7
WHEN ‘8’ THEN 8
WHEN ‘9’ THEN 9
END) * POWER(16,1) +
(CASE SUBSTR(CHAR(HEX(SUBSTR(COMMENT_CLM,1,4))),8,1)
WHEN ‘A’ THEN 10
WHEN ‘B’ THEN 11
WHEN ‘C’ THEN 12
WHEN ‘D’ THEN 13
WHEN ‘E’ THEN 14
WHEN ‘F’ THEN 15
WHEN ‘0’ THEN 0
WHEN ‘1’ THEN 1
WHEN ‘2’ THEN 2
WHEN ‘3’ THEN 3
WHEN ‘4’ THEN 4
WHEN ‘5’ THEN 5
WHEN ‘6’ THEN 6
WHEN ‘7’ THEN 7
WHEN ‘8’ THEN 8
WHEN ‘9’ THEN 9
END) * POWER(16,0) AS COMP_NUMBER
FROM SCHEMA.DB2_TABLE
WHERE CONDITION

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