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Error Code M56

M[UMPS] by Example

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M56, Name length exceeds implementation's limit

Approved for inclusion in a future M[UMPS] language standard.

In the 1977 ANSI M[UMPS] language standard, the length of a name (for routines, as well as local and global variables) was restricted to 8 characters. Implementations were not required to interpret any characters beyond the 8th while determining the unique meaning of a name.
in a future M[UMPS] language standard, the length of a name is no longer restricted. For portability, a maximum of 31 characters is specified, but implementations may allow for longer names. If an application uses a name that is longer than the number of characters that a specific implementation allows (i.e. more than 31 characters), this error will occur.

The purpose of this error is to warn about possible portability problems: if an application has taken advantage of an implementation that offers names longer than the portability limit, and subsequently is run on an application that binds names to a lower limit (either the portability limit, or a number between the portability limit and the 'roomier' implementation's limit), this error will occur, rather than that different variables are mapped onto the same internal unique identifier.

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Please consult the appropriate (draft) language standard for an authoritative definition.

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This page most recently updated on 29-Nov-2011, 21:30:57 .

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