Advance Specifier

The advance specifier determines whether nonadvancing I/O occurs for a data transfer statement. It takes the following form:

Is a scalar character expression that evaluates to 'YES' for advancing I/O or 'NO' for nonadvancing I/O. The default value is 'YES'.

Trailing blanks in the expression are ignored.

The ADVANCE specifier can appear only in a formatted, sequential data transfer statement that specifies an external unit. It must not be specified for list-directed or namelist data transfer.

Advancing I/O always positions a file at the end of a record, unless an error condition occurs. Nonadvancing I/O can position a file at a character position within the current record.

For More Information:

For details on advancing and nonadvancing I/O, see your user manual or programmer's guide.

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