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define symbol

command: SDEF <name>[ <value>]

Defines a new symbol. If the qualifier /GLOBAL is entered it is created in the global symbol set, otherwise in the current local symbol set. The symbol value is initialized to <value>, if <value> is omitted, the symbol is initialized to a zero-length string. The length of a symbol name is restricted to 15 characters, the length of the symbol value to 80 characters.

The local symbol set is saved and restored on each command level, the global set is not. That means, the global symbol set is accessable (reading and writing) from every command level, while the local set is accessable only from the current level. Each call of a command file saves the current local set and creates a new (empty) one, each RETURN statement deletes the local symbol set and restores the parent one.

If a symbol is defined in both symbol sets, the definition of the local set takes preference to the definition of the global set.


  • <name> parameter type: string
    Name of new symbol. The length of the name is restricted to 15 characters.
  • <value> parameter type: string
    Initialization value of new symbol. The length of <value> is restricted to 80 characters.


  • /global
    The symbol is created in the global symbol set (see above).
  • /replace
    A previously defined symbol of the same name in the same set is deleted before creating the new symbol.
  • /check
    If the symbol is already defined, the SDEF command is ignored.


defines local symbol "NEWSYM"
sdef NEWSYM 1
defines local symbol "NEWSYM" and initialises it to "1"
sdef/global VAL TST
defines global symbol "VAL" and initialises it to "TST"