Date: Tue, 6 Oct 1998 19:13:42 -0400
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: "Michael A. Raithel" <MICHAEL.RAITHEL@RAITHM49.CUSTOMS.SPRINT.COM>
Subject: (MVS) Re: Dataset names & job names in MVS, JCL.
Walter SCHRENK posted the following:
>Hi to all SAS MVS professionals!
>How can I use dataset names & job names in Batch mode
>dynamically, eg. in a put statement:
>put dataset $.;
>to avoid to change the program if it runs with different
>JCL (one program must run with various JCLs)
Hi to you, Walter! When I have to build tricky JCL that
needs dynamically built data set names, I use the MVS
internal reader. That is; I build the data set names and
JCL within a SAS program and send the JCL to the internal
reader, where it "becomes" a new batch job and is executed.
Here is an example of what such a job looks like:
//STEP01 EXEC SAS
//INTRDR DD SYSOUT=(A,INTRDR)
//SYSIN DD *
...SAS code to create DSN's as macro variables...
FILE INTRDR LRECL=80 BLKSIZE=80 RECFM=F NOPRINT NOTITLES;
PUT "//JOB1 JOB (JAMES,123),'WALTER PROD JOB01',CLASS=A, ";
PUT '// MSGCLASS=Q, ';
PUT "//STEP09 EXEC SAS,WORK='750,100' ";
PUT "//TAPE1 DD DISP=SHR,DSN=TAPE.&TAPNAM1,DISP=SHR ";
PUT "//TAPE2 DD DISP=SHR,DSN=TAPE.&TAPNAM2,DISP=SHR ";
PUT '// UNIT=AFF=TAPE1 ';
PUT "//TAPE3 DD DISP=SHR,DSN=TAPE.&TAPNAM3,DISP=SHR ";
PUT '// UNIT=AFF=TAPE2 ';
PUT '//SYSIN DD DSN=JAMES.SASPROG.PDS(TAPEPRGM),DISP=SHR';
Walter, when the above SAS code executes, the tape dataset
name macro variables are programatically determined by...
um, "your" code. They are then resolved in the DATA _NULL_
step, where the program "PUT"s the canned JCL to the
internal reader. The JCL put to the internal reader is
released for execution as a new batch job. This works
quite well, and is a great trick to show your COBOL
The beauty of having the Internal Reader at your disposal
is that, for the price of a single production job, you can
send scores of dynamically tailored batch jobs hurtling
towards your business processing targets. And, you do not
have to bother the busy Production Control staff with those
pesky "Production JCL Change Request" forms or those
burdensome "New Production Job Request" forms...
Walter, good luck in using the power and the might of the
SAS System in the MVS environment to dynamically create
I hope that this suggestion proves helpful now, and in the
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
...so let me in from the cold, turn my lead into gold...