COBOL Runtime Error Code – 221 SORT/MERGE error: see status keys (Fatal

In this post, you’ll learn about the COBOL runtime Error Code 221 and the reason why you are receiving it

COBOL Error Code :


Reason for this Error in COBOL

SORT/MERGE error: see status keys (Fatal) -You have tried a SORT/MERGE operation which has been unsuccessful for some reason. You might have had too many files open when you tried a SORT/MERGE operation, or the file which you are trying to access might be locked. -The action you should take depends on the situation in which it occurs. Check the status of each file (USING/ GIVING) defined in the SORT statement.

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