## Concatenation with put statement

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# Concatenation with put statement

Can someone tell me how do I insert 5 spaces between last name and first name?

line1 = CAT(put(Student_ID, 7.), put(Last_Name, 5.), put(First_Name, 3.));

Expected Output

123456 JHANG     Will

1234658MICHA     Don

Thanks,

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‎05-26-2016 11:45 AM
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## Re: Concatenation with put statement

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line1 = CAT(put(Student_ID, 7.), put(Last_Name, 5.), '     ', put(First_Name, 3.));

but you can't fit 'Will' into three characters of the first name...

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‎05-26-2016 11:45 AM
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## Re: Concatenation with put statement

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line1 = CAT(put(Student_ID, 7.), put(Last_Name, 5.), '     ', put(First_Name, 3.));

but you can't fit 'Will' into three characters of the first name...

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## Re: Concatenation with put statement

line1 = CAT(put(Student_ID, 7.), put(Last_Name, \$5.), '     ', put(First_Name, \$3.));

or

line1 = CAT(put(Student_ID, 7.),substr(Last_Name,1, 5), '     ', substr(First_Name, 1, 3))

And if I were writing directly to listing output or a text file would consider

put student_d @8 Last_name \$5. @13 First_name \$3.;

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## Re: Concatenation with put statement

You can't (espacially by using numerical format) and there is no need to use put() function on character values.
Why do you want to concatenate those in the first place?
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