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Date:         Fri, 8 May 2009 15:09:21 -0700
Reply-To:     "Choate, Paul@DDS" <pchoate@DDS.CA.GOV>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Choate, Paul@DDS" <pchoate@DDS.CA.GOV>
Subject:      Re: csv or txt file works in dev but fails in SIT
Comments: To: Dianne@freddie.mac
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Glad to be of help Dianna -

I usually use SAS to view hex. HexMad is a great freeware Windows app for just viewing Hex in a file.

Something like this will tell you the row, variable, and position in the variable of your non-printing characters...

data yourfile; var1='some stuff'||'000203'x||'more stuff'; var2='some stuff'||'0904'x||'more stuff'; var3='some stuff'||'850709'x||'more stuff'; output; var1='some stuff'||'900203'x||'more stuff'; var2='some stuff'||'0904'x||'more stuff'; var3='some stuff'||'05078A'x||'more stuff'; output; run;

data baddata(keep=line var position byte hexbyte); set yourfile; array charvars $200 _character_; line=_n_; length var $32 byte $1; do over charvars; if ~missing(compress(charvars,,'sw')) then do; var=vname(charvars); do position = 1 to length(charvars); byte=substr(charvars,position,1); if (byte<'20'x or byte>'7F'x) and byte ne '09'x then do; hexbyte=put(byte,$hex2.); output; end; end; end; end; run;

This probably isn't your problem - but take a look at

This has tripped me up before...

Paul Choate DDS Data Extraction (916) 654-2160

-----Original Message----- From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Dianne Rhodes Sent: Friday, May 08, 2009 2:19 PM To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Re: csv or txt file works in dev but fails in SIT

On Fri, 8 May 2009 13:46:45 -0700, Choate, Paul@DDS <pchoate@DDS.CA.GOV> wrote:

>Hi Dianna - > >Why not array your character variables and strip out the printing and >space characters, and look and see what's left? >

Thanks, we'll try some thing like this. It's clearly an unprintable / seeable hex string that's gotten in there. The other programmer who is working on this found it by manually editing the file. Is there a text editor for Windows that would let you see hex? I know you can do this with ISPF but I don't think we have that.


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