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Date:         Wed, 6 Aug 1997 15:15:13 -0700
Reply-To:     William Kreuter <billyk@U.WASHINGTON.EDU>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From:         William Kreuter <billyk@U.WASHINGTON.EDU>
Organization: University of Washington
Subject:      direct a library to a remote system?
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Here's something that I take to be fairly common knowledge which somehow has passed me by. In SAS under Unix systems, is there any way to point a libref to a location not mounted on the system running SAS? That is, I'd like to have files reside on a filesystem which isn't mounted (by NFS or anything else) on our AIX box.

One way which will work is to write out my datasets using proc cport. Then I can have cport's FILE= parameter name a fileref which uses the FTP access method. This will work, but it's kludgy because it requires an additional cport or cimport step every time I access the data.

But as far as I can see, there's nothing like the FTP access method available for the LIBNAME statement, nor will the FILENAME statement's CATALOG method do any good for this purpose. Or am I missing something?

William Kreuter, Senior Computer Specialist, University of Washington Ctr. for Cost & Outcomes Research, 146 N. Canal St. #300, Seattle, WA 98103 voice or voice mail: 206-543-5007 fax: 206-543-5318 mailstop: 358853

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