MERGE, Specification File Qualifiers, /INCLUDE, Full Description
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You can specify that records are to be conditionally included in an output file. After defining a condition in a /CONDITION qualifier, specify record selection in an /INCLUDE qualifier requesting that records satisfying the condition are to be included in the output file. You can specify multiple /INCLUDE and /OMIT qualifiers in a specification file. The order in which you specify them determines the order the input records are tested for inclusion. After the last /INCLUDE qualifier, all records that have not already been included or explicitly omitted are omitted. You can unconditionally include any records not previously omitted or included by specifying /INCLUDE without a condition. When sorting multiple record formats, one /INCLUDE qualifier should be specified for each different record format among the records to be sorted. If you do not specify a KEY option within the INCLUDE qualifier, Sort assumes the default key definitions. If the KEY is specified in the /INCLUDE qualifier, the default key definitions are not used. The order of the KEY fields in the /INCLUDE qualifier determines how the internal key is built for sorting. The order of the DATA fields in the /INCLUDE qualifier determines the way the output record is formatted. If you specify a key or data field in an /INCLUDE qualifier, you must define all other key or data fields in the record.