Determines the distance between the fields f1 and f2 and places the result (in bytes) in f3. The value returned to f3 has type I.
Determine the distance between two components of the demo table SBOOK in the flight reservation system:
TABLES SBOOK. DATA DIST TYPE I. DESCRIBE DISTANCE BETWEEN SBOOK-CARRID AND SBOOK-BOOKID INTO DIST.
Result: DIST contains the value 15 because exactly two fields, SBOOK-CONNID (4 bytes) and SBOOK-FLDATE (8 bytes), lie between the SBOOK components CARRID and BOOKID; also, SBOOK-CARRID is itself 3 bytes long. The sum of these values gives the distance between the two components in bytes.