SAS output is the result of executing SAS programs.
Most SAS procedures and some DATA step applications produce output.
There are two types of SAS output:
- contains a description of the SAS session and lists the
lines of source code that were executed. Depending on the setting of SAS system
options, the method of running SAS, and the program statements that you specify,
the log can include the following types of information:
You can write specific information to the SAS log (such
as variable values or text strings) by using the SAS statements that are described
in Writing to the Log.
- program statements
- names of data sets created by the
- notes, warnings, or error messages encountered during program
- the number of variables and observations each data set contains
- processing time required for each
The log is also used by some of the SAS procedures that perform utility
functions, for example the DATASETS and OPTIONS procedures. See the
SAS Procedures Guide for more information.
Because the SAS log provides a journal of program processing, it is
an essential debugging tool. However, certain system options must be in effect
to make the log effective for debugging your SAS programs. Customizing the Log describes several SAS
system options that you can use.
- program results
- contain the results of most SAS procedures and some DATA
step applications. Results can be routed to a file, and printed as a listing.
If you use the Output Delivery System (ODS), you can produce results for a
high resolution printer or create HTML output for use with a web browser.
You can customize your output by modifying or creating your own table definitons,
which are descriptions of how you want to format your output. For more information
about the flexibility of ODS, see The Complete Guide to the SAS Output Delivery System.
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