Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:49:47 -0400
Reply-To: Michael Raithel <michaelraithel@WESTAT.COM>
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From: Michael Raithel <michaelraithel@WESTAT.COM>
Subject: Re: OT: SAS and its horrible no-good very bad software management
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Matt posted the following:
> I just had to vent - I am upgrading our site to have a new module
> (SAS/ODBC). I have to use the SAS Download Manager and SAS Software
> Depot to manage this. In order to get this add-on, the Download
> is downloading 6 GB, yes GB, of data, which will take 4+ hours. I
> imagine that adding this module should require 6GB of data, but there
> is, staring me in the face with a barely moving progress bar.
> Why does this have to be so painful? A few things bug me in SAS, but
> this is the worst of them. Software upgrades and adds should not be
> this bloated and time-consuming. Of all of the things that make me not
> recommend SAS, or denigrate it, this is the first thing out of my
Matt, we have felt your pain, and this certainly looks like it is "On" Topic to me:-(
Though I am generally very positive about the SAS Institute's current, very green-ish, download of software, we have had issues with both the long download times and also with occasional transmission hiccups that left us with flawed software on our end. Consequently, we sometimes _DO_ request that they send us the software on DVD's, though it is available via download. In doing so, we trade off 4+, 6+, whatever+ hours of download time for a couple of days of delivery time. So, the old sneaker-mail route may be open to you, though it may not be readily apparent. Check it out.
Matt, best of luck in all your SAS endeavors!
I hope that this suggestion proves helpful now, and in the future!
Of course, all of these opinions and insights are my own, and do not reflect those of my organization or my associates. All SAS code and/or methodologies specified in this posting are for illustrative purposes only and no warranty is stated or implied as to their accuracy or applicability. People deciding to use information in this posting do so at their own risk.
Michael A. Raithel
"The man who wrote the book on performance"
Author: Tuning SAS Applications in the MVS Environment
Author: Tuning SAS Applications in the OS/390 and z/OS Environments, Second Edition
Author: The Complete Guide to SAS Indexes
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