COBCH0221 Data description qualifier inappropriate or repeated

You have used a data description qualifier which is incompatible with the associated PICTURE clause. For example, you might have used a BLANK WHEN ZERO clause for a PIC XX data item. This is illegal as the data item is alphanumeric but the associated qualifier refers only to numeric items.

Alternatively, you have used more than one PICTURE clause to define a single data item when each data item should have only one PICTURE clause associated with it.


Revise the qualifier or the data-type to ensure that they are compatible.

Delete any extra PICTURE clause to leave only one for that data item.