This variable allows you to force the runtime to open broken files that would normally cause an error 98. This means you can write COBOL programs to recover these files in ways that are not available with vutil. Set V_FORCE_OPEN to 1 (on, true, yes) to open the files. The default is 0 (off, false, no).

Note: When this variable is set to 1, make sure you do not also have the V_OPEN_STRICT variable set to 1 because the settings conflict.