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Date:   Wed, 18 Jul 2007 18:38:20 +0000
Reply-To:   toby dunn <tobydunn@HOTMAIL.COM>
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From:   toby dunn <tobydunn@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject:   Re: Macro Fails in X Command
Comments:   To: roger.s.clark@CENSUS.GOV
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Roger ,

There three ways I can thing of to signal that the end of a macro variable name. A period as you have mentioned, another macro variable or invoke a %Macro, and a space.

x %Str(%')copy "&path.&file" "&path.G1073211.DOC" %Str(%') ;

Works if Paul doesnt want a period between teh resolved values of &path and &file.

This also works: &path.G1073211.DOC if Paul doesnt want a period between the resolved value of &Path and G1073211

Toby Dunn

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From: "NOMAIL Roger S. Clark" <roger.s.clark@CENSUS.GOV> Reply-To: roger.s.clark@CENSUS.GOV To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Re: Macro Fails in X Command Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 13:50:15 -0400

> Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 11:25:54 -0400 > From: Paul St Louis <pstloui@DOT.STATE.TX.US> > Subject: Macro Fails in X Command > > I have SAS 9.1 on XP_Pro platform. Why does this code not work? > > %let path=U:\Contract_Letting\Letting_Duties\General_Notes\TEST; > %let file=G1073211.rtf; > > data _null_; > x %Str(%')copy "&path.&file" "&path.G1073211.DOC" %Str(%') ; > run; > > Error Message: > --------------------------- > Windows cannot find 'copy > U:\Contract_Letting\Letting_Duties\General_Notes\TEST\G1073211.rtf > U:\Contract_Letting\Letting_Duties\General_Notes\TEST\G1073211.DOC '. > Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a > file, click the Start button, and then click Search. > --------------------------- > > All my little % and ' and " seem to be set up right. >

I don't know if this will solve your problem, but one thing I noticed right away is that you aren't terminating the macro variables correctly. There are several ways that SAS knows that it is through reading a macro variable. when you reference x %Str(%')copy "&path.&file" "&path.G1073211.DOC" %Str(%') ; the period is "eaten up" by SAS to end the macro variable. you need one period to signal SAS that the end of the macro variable name has been reached, then another to be written to make the two level file name. like this:

x %Str(%')copy "&path..&file" "&path..G1073211.DOC" %Str(%') ;

Thanx, Roger S. Clark Address Coverage Assurance Programs Branch 763-9177 4H584U

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