Can you pass an Index to another COBOL Program, via LINKAGE SECTION?
No, an INDEX is not a Working-storage area. It is maintained by the System.
You can only send the data in Working-storage areas(Rough-work area) or in File Input-Output Areas to a COBOL Program.
You can pass a Subscript to another COBOL Program.
Typical COBOL Question
05 A-TABLE. 10 A-TABLE-LIST OCCURS 10 TIMES INDEXED BY A-IDX. 15 FILLER PIC X(7) VALUE '<TEST>'. 15 A-LIST-VALUE PIC X(30). 15 FILLER PIC X(8) VALUE '</TEST>'.
The next he did as below:
SET A-IDX to 1. MOVE 'XYZ' to A-LIST-VALUE(A-IDX).
He displayed A-TABLE-LIST data and it populates as ‘XYZ—————————‘
The first field is FILLER so all spaces even you define value.
Second field, when you issue ‘MOVE’. First 3 bytes occupies XYZ and rest all spaces
Third field is FILLER so all spaces even you define value.