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Date:         Sun, 25 Sep 2005 18:59:11 +0000
Reply-To:     iw1junk@COMCAST.NET
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Ian Whitlock <iw1junk@COMCAST.NET>
Subject:      Re: Bug in Proc Import and Export?
Comments: cc: toby dunn <tobydunn@HOTMAIL.COM>,
          Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>


As Toby notes '01'x and '02'x are values that macro quoting puts around certain symbols. The simple way to avoid them is to use single quotes to hide the & from the macro facility in the first place.

169 data _null_; 170 '_&_'n = 123; 171 myvarname = vname('_&_'n); 172 put _all_ +1 myvarname=hex10.; 173 run;

_&_=123 myvarname=_&_ _ERROR_=0 _N_=1 myvarname=5F265F2020

The same solution should apply to Arthur's problem, but I cannot prove it since I do not have SAS/ACCESS.

Ian Whitlock ================ Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2005 16:10:54 +0000 Reply-To: toby dunn <tobydunn@HOTMAIL.COM> Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" From: toby dunn <tobydunn@HOTMAIL.COM> Subject: Re: Bug in Proc Import and Export? Comments: To: art297@NETSCAPE.NET In-Reply-To: <> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed Art and Howard, The extra boxes are definitly the macro quotes and if you use %nrstr as the docs suggest to qoute the amper you dont get the warning like with %str given when theings resolve and what will stop the macro processor from resolving a macro tolkein. The only thing I havent figured out is how to getthe macro qoutes off of the var name when using %nrstr. options validvarname=any; data one; "_%str(&)_"n = 123 ; put _all_ +1 ; "%str(_&_)"n = 123 ; put _all_ +1 ; %str("_&_")n = 123 ; put _all_ +1 ; %str("_&_"n) = 333 ; put _all_ +1 ; run; data two; "_%nrstr(&)_"n = 123 ; put _all_ +1 ; "%nrstr(_&_)"n = 123 ; put _all_ +1 ; %nrstr("_&_")n = 123 ; put _all_ +1 ; %nrstr("_&_"n) = 333 ; put _all_ +1 ; run;

Toby Dunn

From: Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET> Reply-To: Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET> To: SAS-L Subject: Re: Bug in Proc Import and Export? Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2005 11:34:28 -0400 Howard, I can't explain why you received the error you got, but the assignment appears to work correctly using the following: options validvarname=any; data one; %str("_&_"n) = 123; x=5; put _all_ +1; run; data _null_; length name $ 8; dsid=open("","i"); do i=1 to 2; name=varname(dsid,i); put name=hex16.; end; rc=close(dsid); run; Art --------- On Sun, 25 Sep 2005 08:35:38 -0400, Howard Schreier <hs AT dc-sug DOT org> <nospam@HOWLES.COM> wrote: >Here's something, in a different context, which I don't understand. > >Say I want to create a variable named "_&_" (quotes are not part of the >name). So I run > > options validvarname=any; > > data _null_; > "_%str(&)_"n = 123; > myvarname = vname("_%str(&)_"n); > put _all_ +1 myvarname=hex10.; > run; > >In the log I see > > _ & _=123 myvarname=_ & _ _ERROR_=0 _N_=1 myvarname=5F0126025F > >The variable name has 5 characters rather than 3. The 2nd and 4th >characters aren't printable. THey appear as little squares, which may get >munged in this posting. Hence the hex dump, showing they are hex 01 and 02. > >Version 9.1.3 > >On Fri, 23 Sep 2005 23:56:42 -0400, Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET> >wrote: > >>Earlier in the week Jerry Cotton asked what appeared to be a simple >>question. If one is trying to import and export excel spreadsheets to and >>from a directory whose name includes an ampersand (e.g., c:\r&e), how does >>one get SAS to accomplish the two tasks. >> >>A number of the list's members offered advice but, interestingly, no one >>provided an answer that worked flawlessly for Proc Import. >> >>We were able to get Proc Import to run, with the following, but while the >>file was imported correctly, the log showed: >> >>WARNING: Apparent symbolic reference E not resolved. >> >>PROC IMPORT OUT= WORK.TEST1 >> DATAFILE= "C:\%nrstr(R&E)\test1.xls" >> DBMS=EXCEL2000 REPLACE; >> GETNAMES=YES; >>RUN; >> >>The same result was attained using %str. >> >>Conversely, using single quotes, the same basic code worked, flawlessly, >>with Proc Export: >> >>PROC EXPORT DATA= WORK.TEST1 >> OUTFILE= 'C:\%nrstr(R&E)\test1A.xls' >> DBMS=EXCEL REPLACE; >>RUN; >> >>However, using %str in the above Proc Export code also created the file, >>but with the "Apparent symbolic reference E not resolved" warning. >> >>Is this a bug or am I missing something? >> >>Art

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