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Date:         Thu, 15 Aug 1996 21:00:00 -0500
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From:         Hays McLean <H.MCLEAN@PLUM.FRUIT.COM>
Subject:      Multiple file statements in one data step

The following code is intended to print to (and overwrite) a file already on the disk. The subsequent conditional statements are to print certain data to a completely different file and to append certain data to the original print file ... all in one data step. The problem is that apparently the MOD option on the second FILE PRINT statement becomes operative throughout the data step. So instead of overwriting the file to begin with, it appends everything to the file on the disk.

If the statements are in separate data steps, it works.

Is there a reason for this or is it a bug?

data; file 'test.tst' print notitles; put 'xyz'; do j=1 to 2; if j=1 then do; file 'test2.tst'; put 'xyz2'; end; else do; file 'test.tst' print notitles mod; put 'xyz3'; end; end; run;

--Hays McLean

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