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Continuing parameter fields enclosed in apostrophes

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To continue a parameter that is enclosed in apostrophes:
  1. Extend the parameter to column 71. Do not code an apostrophe in column 71 of a JCL statement that is continued. The system interprets the apostrophe in column 71 as the final character in the statement and ignores the continuation.
  2. Code // in columns 1 and 2 of the following statement.
  3. Continue the parameter in column 16 of the following statement even if this splits the parameter. Trailing blanks or commas within the apostrophes do not indicate a continued statement; the system treats them as part of the parameter.
The following example shows the specification of a long file name in the PARM field:
//STEP1 EXEC                         PGM=IEFBR14,PARM=(PARM1,'/DIR1/DIR2 
//              /DIR3/DIR4/DIR5/DIR6/DIR7/DIR8/DIR9/DIR10/DIR11/DIR12/DI 
//              R13/FILENM') 

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