|Date: ||Mon, 20 Jul 1998 14:12:24 -0400|
|Reply-To: ||Claudia Bullock <CBullock@HCFA.GOV>|
|Sender: ||"SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Claudia Bullock <CBullock@HCFA.GOV>|
|Subject: ||(MVS) Re: Re: Record Layout -Reply -Reply|
You can find the documentation on Proc Contents in the "SAS Procedures Guide".
In the one I have (version 6, 3rd edition), Chapter 12 is entitled "The Contents
As far as why you haven't heard of it, its probably because SAS is such a
multi-faceted environment that no one is really familiar with it in its
entirety. Personally, I use this particular procedure a lot, however, I have to
admit that people on this list often talk about procedures I've never heard of.
SAS is a pretty powerful language, and I guess I'm able to accomplish an awful
lot with it even though I probably only regularly use a very very small subset
of the procedures that are available.
p.s. - I am a programmer of the generic variety, so I virtually never understand
a word that the statisticians are saying, and I know I haven't used most of the
procedures they use.
>>> "Michael A. Raithel" <MICHAEL.RAITHEL@RAITHM49.CUSTOMS.SPRINT.COM> 07/20/98
Claudia Bullock set the record straight by posting the
>The term "Record Layout" does not refer to statistics such
>as data created, record format, record length, and
>blocksize. A record layout is documentation that includes
>the name and type of the data elements (variables) that
>make up the records (observations) in a file. The Proc
>Contents procedure produces output which is SAS's version
>of a record layout.
>In my earlier post (perhaps you missed it), I explained
>how Proc Contents could be used to get a "record layout"
>for a file even if you only have the DSN, and don't know
>the internal SAS member name of the file you are
Oh, all right; Now I get it! Great! I've just printed
your message so that I won't forget the definition.
If I had known that _YOU_ had posted earlier, then it
obviously would have been superfluous for me to attempt an
answer. I guess that I have a lot to learn about computer
terms, SAS software, and the MVS operating system!
So, where can I find documentation on this "Proc Contents"
of yours? And, why haven't I ever heard of it before?
Of course, all of these opinions and insights are my own,
and do not reflect those of my organization or my
Michael A. Raithel
"The man who wrote the book on performance"
Author: Tuning SAS Applications in the MVS Environment
...and if I swallow anything evil, put your fingers down my