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Date:         Mon, 25 Feb 2008 21:32:44 +0100
Reply-To:     Rune RunnestÝ <rune@FASTLANE.NO>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Rune RunnestÝ <rune@FASTLANE.NO>
Subject:      Re: How to right-align values when writing from a data set to a
Comments: To:

I just write to inform you that the replacement of the dollar signs with the character format sign solved the problem.

May be you might wonder why I don't use numeric informat for the variables I want to get right-aligned and character informat for the variables I want to get left-aligned ? Then I could have written them right back to file without any extra gambot. The reason is that some of the values on the disk file, which I read with the INFILE statement, have leading zeros. That's a sign of bad quality, which is what I intend to detect. If I had used numeric informat, SAS would have skipped the leading zeros, and I wouldn't have noticed them. It's not the data values in the SAS data set that is important to check, but the values on the file on the disk. So it's a point that the values in the data sets reflect what is on the file. Therefore, I have to use character informat. Then I use SAS to correct the values, and write the correct values back to file. If the values were originally right-aligned on the file, I have to use -R for those variables when writing them back to file. It is important that the values keep the same alignment on the corrected file.

As far as I know, there is no chance to get a variable right-aligned in the SAS data set when it is read from the file with charcter informat. In case I have misunderstood or there is some technique that I am not aware of, I would appreciate to be informed.


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