In an XDBC configuration file, set the DATE_NINE_VALUE configuration variable to a valid date, as per the format specified by the XFD DATE directive, to be used when translating dates between a DATETIME type and a COBOL data type.

This date is used in the following situations:
  • When translating COBOL data to a DATETIME, if the COBOL data item consists of all 9's or HIGH-VALUES, the value for DATA_NINE_VALUE is used.
  • When translating a DATETIME type to a COBOL item, if the DATETIME is the same value as DATE_NINE_VALUE, the COBOL item is set to either all 9's or HIGH-VALUES, depending on the value of the DATE_MAX_HIGH_VALUES configuration variable.
Note: During translation, any information missing from the date string will default to the lowest possible value.


With the following variables set:

DATE_NINE_VALUE       2099123100000000

the following translations occur:

Original item Translated to
COBOL item is all 9's 2099123100000000
COBOL item is HIGH-VALUES 2099123100000000
DATETYPE is 2099123100000000 all 9's