The DFSTRCL utility takes the debug information (.idy) file as an input, so before running the utility you need to create an .idy file.

To produce and .idy file for a COBOL program you must compile it:

  1. From an Enterprise Developer command prompt, change to the directory that contains the COBOL program you want to generate an information file for.
  2. Execute the following from the command prompt:
    cobol filename.cbl anim;

    This generates an information file called filename.idy.

An .idy file is also produced if you compile the file in the IDE as part of a project.

Once you have created an .idy file, you can run the DFSTRCL utility to generate a record layout .str file based on the Data Division information in the .idy file.