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The file status code 96 in cobol (mainframe) is almost always the same error condition that occurs causing this. This is the result of having a file name specified that really does not exist. It is basically a mismatch in your cobol program on what you specified as the file name. You will see an error message like: ERROR OPENING - OUTPUT FILE STATUS 96 CEE3250C The system or user abend U4000 R=NULL was issued. From compile unit COBCOBA at entry point COBCOBA at compile u at address 3423651E. Rather then look further, just double check your file names to resolve this.