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Cobol Cross reference tool for GNU Cobol written in Cobol

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CobXRef is a Cobol cross reference tool that reads a Cobol source file as output by GNUCobol's cobc with the -X (or -E or -save-temps) parameter/s supplied and produces a file suitable for printing 'as is' that contains all variables, procedure paragraphs and section names referenced where they are defined
as well as where they are used throughout the program or module as well as lists of unreferenced data names and paragraph & section names.

if used as a stand alone program it will preceded the cross reference report by a listing of the original source. Note that version 1.2 (hopefully will be released early 2015) will include the code from printcbl which takes in the copy books when used by any COPY verbs in the source.

NOTE that if run via cobc using -X, source listing will NOT precede the cross reference listing as the source file from cobc is abbreviated.

See the readme file for more info.

This program is also in the GNUCobol SF area under contributions/tools

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  • Cross reference reporting is broken down by individual Working Storage section and procedure division.
  • A version is available for the IBM MVS v3.8J Ansi Cobol compiler Level 2. See SVN for sources.


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