Date: Wed, 4 Feb 1998 11:25:44 -0600
Reply-To: Jack Hamilton <jack_hamilton@HCCOMPARE.COM>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Jack Hamilton <jack_hamilton@HCCOMPARE.COM>
Subject: Re: Downloading a stored format from MVS
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Try using PROC FORMAT with the CNTLOUT option to create a format control
SAS dataset (just a regular SAS dataset with special variable names),
transfer that dataset, and then run PROC FORMAT with the CNTLIN option
on the Unix machine.
Unix doesn't use the same sort order as MVS, so reconstructing the format
would be the right course even if PROC DOWNLOAD worked.
The documentation for PROC DOWNLOAD says, by the way, that you can't do
what you want. The documentation I have is for 6.08, so things might
have changed, but your experience indicates that it hasn't.
You might be able to do what you want with PROC CPORT, a file transfer,
and PROC CIMPORT, but I think you'll be better off with a control dataset.
Also, read the section on PROC FORMAT in P-222, changes and enhancements
Bill Dvorak <bdvorak@MAILEXCITE.COM> at SMTPGATE
>I am trying to transfer a stored format from an MVS to Unix system using PROC
> Our default library for stored formats is called SASLIB. When I try to
>the stored format, I get the following message:
>ERROR: Library SASLIB is not in a valid format for access method SASEB.
>I have also tried to PROC COPY the format from the permanent library to a work
>and get the same message.
>Any help is appreciated.
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