cobolINITIALIZE statement

Remarks

The INITIALIZE statement sets selected data to specified values.

INITIALIZE statement syntax diagram

Where category-name is:

category-name clause

Various INITIALIZE clauses

01  fillertest.
    03 fillertest-1 PIC 9(10) value 2222222222.
    03 filler       PIC X     value '|'.
    03 fillertest-2 PIC X(10) value all 'A'.
    03 filler       PIC 9(03) value 111.
    03 filler       PIC X     value '.'.

INITIALIZE fillertest

INITIALIZE fillertest REPLACING NUMERIC BY 9

INITIALIZE fillertest REPLACING ALPHANUMERIC BY 'X'

INITIALIZE fillertest REPLACING ALPHANUMERIC BY ALL 'X'

INITIALIZE fillertest WITH FILLER

INITIALIZE fillertext ALL TO VALUE

Giving:

fillertest on start:
2222222222|AAAAAAAAAA111.
fillertest after initialize:
0000000000|          111.
fillertest after initialize replacing numeric by 9:
0000000009|          111.
fillertest after initialize replacing alphanumeric by "X":
0000000009|X         111.
fillertest after initialize replacing alphanumeric by all "X":
0000000009|XXXXXXXXXX111.
fillertest after initialize with filler:
0000000000           000
fillertest after initialize all to value:
2222222222|AAAAAAAAAA111.