The BMARGIN option defines the number of blank lines for the bottom margin of output pages. BMARGIN is meaningful only when PAGING is set to YES and only for output from statements such as REPORT and DESCRIBE. The BMARGIN option is usually set in the initialization section of report programs.

Data Type






An INTEGER expression that specifies the number of lines that you want to set aside for the bottom margin in a report. The default is 1.


Setting BMARGIN for a File

To set BMARGIN for a file, first make the file your current outfile by specifying its name in an OUTFILE statement, then set BMARGIN to the desired value. The new value remains in effect until you reset it or until you use an OUTFILE statement to direct output to a different outfile. When you direct output to a different outfile, BMARGIN returns to its default value of 1 for the file.

When you set BMARGIN for the default outfile, the new value remains in effect until you reset it, regardless of intervening OUTFILE statements that send output to a file. That is, the value of BMARGIN is automatically saved for the default outfile


Example 6-6 Setting the Bottom Margin of a Report Page

Suppose you want to be able to make notes on the bottom of a report page. You can set a large bottom margin of 5 lines. Here is the statement that you would include in the initialization section of your report program.