If you’re using the AS/400, you can directly use the flat file from within DB2. The same may be true on other DB2 versions.
Assuming your flat file xxx is in library yyy, and your library separator character is set to slash, try this in SQL:
SELECT * FROM yyy/xxx;
That will tell you pretty quickly whether any conversion or loading is needed on your system.
Sheldon Linker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Linker Systems, Inc. (www.linkersystems.com)