Thanks Harry for the elaboration.
Harry does correctly describe how this works. On the
other hand, due to sematics (the relationship of the
meanings) to the mechanics Harry is right on, but in
the context of people's general usage and purpose,
the use of USER= in most users eyes is that it is
entirely for the purpose of redirecting the use of
the WORK library by means of the no-libref-one-level
dataset naming conventions. While people use the USER=
to "repoint" where their WORK library is, Harry is
absolutely correct in that the single level dataset
name will go to the USER library and that the WORK
library remains actively pointing to the original
It is kinda like stating:
1) make three lefts to get to the grocery store.
2) execute a -90 degree angle at the next three
intersections to arrive at the grocery store.
There are those folks that want to know that the
getting there was a net -270 degree operation, and
some folks just want to get to the grocery store.
So I guess they are all correct to some degree and
hopefully Harry and I covered most of the bases for
the broad audience.
Thanks, Harry, for letting me be silly this morning.
From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Droogendyk, Harry
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2007 7:35 AM
Subject: Re: How to assign a different directory for the work folder
I don't believe this is correct. option user=xyz; simply allows one to refer to datasets from permanent datasets with a single level name, eg.
without the libname. The following illustrates that work and the user= setting are two different beasts:
libname temp 'c:\temp';
options user = temp;
i = 1;
i = 3;
proc print data=b;
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
On Behalf Of Terjeson, Mark
Sent: 2007, April, 03 10:31 AM
To: Ankur Shanker; SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: RE: How to assign a different directory for the work folder
I guess the first question is: permanently or temporarily?
To temporarily change the WORK folder
you utilize the USER= option. e.g.
libname tmplib 'mytempfolder';
option user=tmplib; * redirect WORK datasets ;
option user=work; * put it back to the default ;
To permanently change where the session work folder is you need to edit your config.sas or sasv#.cfg file
and look for -WORK for setting the base location.
Please note that each session will still generate a unique session folder name at that location.
Hope this is helpful.
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Russell Investment Group
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From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Ankur Shanker
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2007 7:17 AM
Subject: How to assign a different directory for the work folder
I want to change the directory of the work folder from the default directory (/usr/tmp/SAS_workB91900004B5A_Evs01Sas03) to a new one. Is it possible in SAS9.1.3. We work on SAS using the linux server platform.
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