FS - Default Format/Length Setting for User-Defined Variables

This Natural profile and session parameter determines whether a default format/length setting is to be in effect for the definition of user-defined variables in reporting mode.

See also Format and Length of User-Defined Variables in the Programming Guide.

Possible settings ON No default format/length is assigned by Natural for a newly introduced variable in reporting mode.

The format/length of all user-defined variables must be explicitly specified.

OFF A user-defined variable in a Natural program for which no format/ length is specified is assigned the default format/length N7.
Default setting OFF  
Dynamic specification yes  
Specification within session yes  
Applicable statements SET GLOBALS  
Applicable command GLOBALS  
Application programming interface USR1005N See SYSEXT - Natural Application Programming Interfaces in the Utilities documentation.


  1. This Natural profile and session parameter only applies to reporting mode; it has no effect in structured mode.
  2. Within a Natural session, the profile parameter FS can be overridden by the session parameter FS.
  3. Under Natural Security, the setting of this parameter can be overridden by the Session Parameters option of the Library Profile.