Date: Thu, 10 Oct 1996 12:26:44 GMT
Reply-To: Jack N Shoemaker <shoe@WORLD.STD.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Jack N Shoemaker <shoe@WORLD.STD.COM>
Organization: The World, Public Access Internet, Brookline, MA
Subject: Removing Temporary Formats
A previous thread dealt with the question of discarding
user-defined formats. Someone made the observation that
you could not delete temporary formats from memory. My
response then was, "What?" I believe that the log below
shows that you can remove user-defined formats using
proc catalog. Is this what the original poster was after?
NOTE: SAS (r) Proprietary Software Release 6.08 TS408
1 proc format;
2 value $a 'A' = '1';
NOTE: Format $A has been output.
NOTE: The PROCEDURE FORMAT used 0.77 seconds.
5 proc catalog c = work.formats;
6 delete a / et = formatc;
NOTE: Deleting object A.FORMATC in catalog WORK.FORMATS.
NOTE: The PROCEDURE CATALOG used 0.71 seconds.
9 data _null_;
10 x = 'A';
11 put x= $a.;
ERROR 31-185: Format $A is unknown.
NOTE: The SAS System stopped processing this step because of errors.
Jack N Shoemaker firstname.lastname@example.org