From Command Entry, the system passes data to programs in a default size based on the data-type of the parameter. For Character parameters, each quoted value is converted to at least 32 characters, while numeric values are always converted to Packed(15,5). For must of us who have been using the system for decades, this is old news. But for a lot of people and most newbies on the system, the technique to override—or rather circumvent—this situation is not always so straightforward. So ...

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