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Date:         Tue, 24 Sep 2002 12:36:16 +0200
Reply-To:     Jan Selchau-Hansen <jan@SELCHAU-HANSEN.DK>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Jan Selchau-Hansen <jan@SELCHAU-HANSEN.DK>
Organization: TDC Internet
Subject:      Re: formatted date to macro variable

Don't convert a SAS-date too many times, - keep the "internal" sas-value as often as you can. The date-formats er merely to show a sas-date in a special way.

like this.

data dat; a='31dec2001'd; call symput('a',put(a,5.)); run; data dat2; format b ddmmyy10. ; b= &a; run;

Jan Selchau-Hansen

"Daniele Monzali" <> wrote in message news:ampejd$j0e$ > hello all > i am trying to put a date value from a dataset in a macro variable for > further use on another dataset: for example > > data dat; > format a ddmmyy10.; > a='31DEC2001'D; > run; > > data _null_; > format a ddmmyy10.; > set dat; > call symput('a',put(a,ddmmyy10.)); > run; > %put &a; > > data dat2; > format b ddmmyy10.; > b="&a"D; > run; > > Problem is, this block of instructions does not work since the &a > macro-variable assumes a value given by 31/12/2001, and hence the condition > b="31/12/2001"D does not work in a datastep. Is there a way to put the value > 31DEC2001 in a macro-variable with call symput (SQL-SELECT-INTO bringing the > same result) or would it be straighter to employ a different instructions in > the dat2 data step ? > thanks a lot > daniele > > -- > Daniele Monzali, Ph.D. > Area Financial Planning and Risk Management > Gruppo Credit Risk > Prometeia > Via Marconi, 43 40122 Bologna > Tel 0039 051 6480911 > Mobile 0039 348 4038038 > > >

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