Unformatted text preview: ngle ordered file. Each of the constituent files must be in the
same order, although the record layout of files need not be identical. The output
file produced by the merging utility has the records in the same order as the input
files, placing records from each in their correct relative order. Figure 16.6,
illustrates the merging of two input files A and B to produce an output file C.
A file copying utility is used to produce an exact copy of a file, either from one
unit of a storage device on to another similar unit (such as from one type reel to
another or from one floppy disk to another), or from one storage medium to
another (such as from tape to hard disk or from CD-ROM to hard disk).
File copying utilities are often used for taking back-up copies of files. For
example, a file may be copied from a hard disk to a tape or floppy for back-up
purpose. File copying utilities are also known as peripheral interchange programs
since they may be used to copy a file from one peripheral device on to another
A file printing utility is used to print a file on a printer to produce hard copy of its
contents. Printing utilities often provide the facility to print file contents in
different formats. They do often provide some selection and editing facilities to
enable parts of files to be printed (such as specified number of records and only
certain fields of records). Special printing facilities are often provided to print files
that contain program instructions rather than data.
A file maintenance utility is used to selectively copy the data of one or more files
into a new file, or to selectively update a file's contents. For example, facilities
provided in a file maintenance utility may include the combining of data from
more than one file into a single file, the deletion of records identified by record
key or record count within a file, and the selection of specific fields of records to
be copied from an existing file into a new file. DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
In the database-oriented approach of...
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