>1. Are there any utilities/programs/packages/methods to convert EBCDIC
>data to ASCII data? We are converting data created on a VM mainframe in
>EBCDIC to ASCII for Unix. We used FTP, but the zoned decimal fields did
>not convert properly.
>2. Are there any services/packages to convert VM and MVS tapes (EBCDIC)
>to ASCII for Unix? This could utilize any media-tapes, cds, etc. Most of
>the VM tapes have been created via the VMBACKUP utility.
>Thanks for any help!
I'm not sure whether you really mean zoned decimal or packed decimal.
Either way they are not actually EBCDIC data but binary
representations of data commonly used on EBCDIC systems. Zoned decimal
is however quite close to the EBCDIC representation of the number.
You will have a hard time finding a simple translation program to
translate these, as it is not a simple 1 to 1 character translation as
it is for text. You need to know the layout of the fields in your
I suspect you will need to write a program to do this. It would be
easier to do this on the origin system if possible (in this case the
program should be trivial.)