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Date:         Tue, 8 May 2007 05:30:35 -0400
Reply-To:     ben.powell@CLA.CO.UK
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         ben.powell@CLA.CO.UK
Subject:      Re: Possible to set macro var to datastep varname within datastep?

Apologies that was a poor example as it implied a numeric variable. It is actually safe to assume the variable is always text.

So the example should be :-

%macro valx(); x="code"||x;/*simplified example*/ %mend;

data a; x="abc";/*x may be called y but valx should run the same for both*/ %valx; run;

On Fri, 4 May 2007 10:49:58 -0400, ben.powell@CLA.CO.UK wrote:

>Dear List > >I have a snippet of code to run in a datastep as a macro - so the same code >is run wherever by autocall. Is it possible to test for the var that code >should run against within the same datastep and pass it to the macro? Is it >possible to do all this in the same macro? > >%macro valx(); >x=10*x;/*simplified example*/ >%mend; > >data a; >x="abc";/*x may be called y but valx should run the same for both*/ >%valx; >run; > >The situation arises to cater for when non-standard var lengths are >encountered, e.g. the import variable temp is converted to the standard >variable x. > >Any comments much appreciated. > >Rgds.

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