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Formats under z/OS

HEXw. Format: z/OS

Converts real binary (floating-point) values to hexadecimal values.
Width range: 1-16 bytes
Default width: 8
Alignment: left
z/OS specifics: writes output as EBCDIC, IBM floating-point format
See: HEXw. Format in SAS Language Reference: Dictionary

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Each hexadecimal character is written using the EBCDIC code, which requires one byte per hexadecimal character. See EBCDIC Code: Commonly Used Characters for a table of commonly used EBCDIC characters.

The format of floating-point numbers is host-specific. See SAS Language Reference: Concepts for a description of the IBM floating-point format that is used under z/OS.

The w value of the HEXw. format determines whether the number is written as a floating-point number or as an integer. When you specify a width value of 1 through 15, the real binary numbers are truncated to fixed-point integers before being converted to hexadecimal representation. When you specify 16 for the width, the floating point values are used, and the numbers are not truncated.

The following examples illustrate the use of HEXw. under z/OS:

Value Format Results Notes
31.5 hex16.
floating-point number
31.5 hex15.
-31.5 hex16.
floating-point number
-31.5 hex15.

Note:   In these examples, the Value column represents the value of the SAS numeric variable. The Results column shows what the numeric value looks like when viewed from a text editor.  [cautionend]

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