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Fatal error

"PDP-11 COBOL: In those days, Column 1 in your program was reserved for forms control. This was a vestige of punched cards and drum printers. Something like "DATA-DIVISION" was supposed to be entered ' DATA-DIVISION.'  With column 1 eaten up for forms control, this was interpreted as "ATA-DIVISION" (at least there was no such line in COBOL as "MASS-STORAGE"! :o ) Miss that and you get endless messages: 'Fatal error, abandoning compilation'."

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