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Date:         Tue, 11 Nov 2003 10:40:34 +0100
Reply-To:     "Groeneveld, Jim" <jim.groeneveld@VITATRON.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Groeneveld, Jim" <jim.groeneveld@VITATRON.COM>
Subject:      Re: A Macro Problem (ref.: SUGI Paper 100-27)
Comments: To: A Druga <antoniamarija@NET.HR>
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Hi A Druga,

It depends how you use, how you call the macro. If you just call it from within a data step that will generate the error as you just would generate the statement «1;» which on itself is illegal of course. You should instead code something like: «Existing = %exists(temp1e);»

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-----Original Message----- From: A Druga [mailto:antoniamarija@NET.HR] Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2003 10:15 To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: A Macro Problem (ref.: SUGI Paper 100-27)

Hi out there!

I found this little Macro in SUGI Paper 100-27 (Carpenter).

%macro exists(dsn); %sysfunc(exist(&dsn)); %mend exists;

As one can see it is very simple and it's task is easy to understand.

I'm quite new to SAS and now I'm getting following log messages which I don't know to interpret:

5285 %exists(temp1e); MLOGIC(EXISTS): Beginning execution. MLOGIC(EXISTS): Parameter DSN has value temp1e SYMBOLGEN: Macro variable DSN resolves to temp1e NOTE: Line generated by the macro function "SYSFUNC". 1 1 - 180 MPRINT(EXISTS): 1;

ERROR 180-322: Statement is not valid or it is used out of proper order.

MLOGIC(EXISTS): Ending execution.

The Dataset exists, the macro resolves to the right value and give the right output but there is some error which I don't know to eliminate. Any hints what I'm doing wrong?

Thank You in advance.

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