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ABL Syntax Reference : DEFINED preprocessor function
 

DEFINED preprocessor function

Returns the status of a preprocessor name or include file argument name as an INTEGER value. You can use the DEFINED function only within a preprocessor &IF expression.

Syntax

DEFINED ( name )
name
Preprocessor name or include file argument name whose status you want to check. You do not specify name as a preprocessor name reference or include file argument reference. That is, it is not quoted and does not appear in the reference form, {&name}. For example if you had a preprocessor name MAX-EXPENSE, the argument would appear as follows:
DEFINED(MAX-EXPENSE)

Notes

This function returns a value of 1 if the argument was a name defined with the &GLOBAL-DEFINE directive; a value of 2 if the argument was passed as an include file parameter; and a value of 3 if the argument was a name defined with the &SCOPED-DEFINE directive. If the argument was not defined and was not an include file parameter, then this function returns a value of 0. The value returned refers to the definition that is current at the point of the call.

See also

{ } Include file reference, &GLOBAL-DEFINE preprocessor directive, &SCOPED-DEFINE preprocessor directive