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SAS Procedures Guide

Utility Procedures

Utility Procedures by Task groups utility procedures according to task.

Utility Procedures by Task
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Supply information COMPARE compares the contents of two SAS data sets.

CONTENTS describes the contents of a SAS data library or specific library members.

OPTIONS lists the current values of all SAS system options.

SQL supplies information through dictionary tables on an individual SAS data set as well as all SAS files active in the current SAS session. Dictionary tables can also provide information about macros, titles, indexes, external files, or SAS system options.
Affect printing EXPLODE produces oversized text on printed output; can produce displays such as posters, flip charts, and header pages.

FORMAT creates user-defined formats to display and print data.

PRINTTO routes procedure output to a file, a SAS catalog entry, or a printer; can also redirect the SAS log to a file.
Create, browse, and edit data FSLIST browses external files such as files that contain SAS source lines or SAS procedure output.

SQL creates SAS data sets using Structured Query Language and SAS features.
Transform data FORMAT creates user defined informats to read data and user defined formats to display data.

SORT sorts SAS data sets by one or more variables.

SQL sorts SAS data sets by one or more variables.

TRANSPOSE transforms SAS data sets so that observations become variables and variables become observations.

TRANTAB creates, edits, and displays customized translation tables.
Manage SAS files APPEND appends one SAS data set to the end of another.

BMDP* invokes a BMDP program to analyze data in a SAS data set.

CATALOG manages SAS catalog entries.

CIMPORT restores a transport sequential file that PROC CPORT creates (usually under another operating environment) to its original form as a SAS catalog, a SAS data set, or a SAS library.

CONVERT* converts BMDP system files, OSIRIS system files, and SPSS portable files to SAS data sets.

COPY copies a SAS data library or specific members of the library.

CPORT converts a SAS catalog, a SAS data set, or a SAS library to a transport sequential file that PROC CIMPORT can restore (usually under another operating environment) to its original form.

DATASETS manages SAS files.

EXPORT reads data from a SAS data set and writes them to an external data source.

IMPORT reads data from an external data source and writes them to a SAS data set.

PDS* lists, deletes, and renames the members of a partitioned data set.

PDSCOPY* copies partitioned data sets from disk to tape, disk to disk, tape to tape, or tape to disk.

REGISTRY imports registry information to the USER portion of the SAS Registry.

RELEASE* releases unused space at the end of a disk data set under the OS/390 environment.

SOURCE* provides an easy way to back up and process source library data sets.

SQL concatenates SAS data sets.

TAPECOPY* copies an entire tape volume or files from one or more tape volumes to one output tape volume.

TAPELABEL* lists the label information of an IBM standard-labeled tape volume under the OS/390 environment.
Control windows PMENU creates customized pull-down menus for SAS applications.
* See the SAS documentation for your operating environment for a description of these procedures.

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