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Date:         Thu, 29 Jan 2004 10:41:12 -0500
Reply-To:     "F. J. Kelley" <jkelley@UGA.EDU>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "F. J. Kelley" <jkelley@UGA.EDU>
Subject:      Re: leading blanks trimmed
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Read the data with the $CHARw. informat. That will preserve the leading blanks. When writing, the $w. format will preserve leading blanks, but when reading it does not.

---- Original message ---- >Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 06:57:56 -0800 >From: Kea <kea2003@AEMAIL4U.COM> >Subject: leading blanks trimmed >To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > >Dear All, > >I read in ("input") a data set, made minor calculations to it, and >wrote back out ("put"). >I used the following commands to read in and write out: > >@0001 var1 $200. >@0201 var2 $200. >... >... > >However I have noticed that the data written out had the preceding >blanks trimmed. According to the SAS online Docs this should not >happen unless I use a LEFT alignment function. > >How can I make sure that SAS does not modify the original data in any >way while reading and writing??? > >Many thanks in advance, >Kea

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