Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 18:06:03 -0800
Reply-To: Tom Abernathy <tom.abernathy@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Tom Abernathy <tom.abernathy@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: SAS Transport file character field limitation and PROC CPORT.
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On Jan 26, 6:32 pm, brian_c_wall...@YAHOO.COM (Brian Wallace) wrote:
> Sorry I haven't been able to post recently. The security at work is pretty strict. I have a simple, I guess stupid, question.
> I always thought the maximum length for a character field in a SAS transport file was 200 characters. Is this a correct statement?
> Also, if this true, can you get around this restriction by using PROC CPORT?
> I believe the answers to these questions are 'Yes' and 'No' respectively, but I defer to the knowledge of this forum.
> Thank you very much for any help or pointing me to a resource that assists me.
> Brian Wallace
The version 5 transport format used by the XPORT libname engine does
have the a maximum character length of 200 as you say. It also does
not support long variable names. But the CPORT/CIMPORT procedures use
a new format (or many new formats as it seems to change with each
version of SAS) and so it will support long variable names and long