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%macro VarExist(ds, var); %local rc dsid result; %let dsid = %sysfunc(open(&ds)); %if %sysfunc(varnum(&dsid, &var)) > 0 %then %do; %let result = 1; %put NOTE: Var &var exists in &ds; %end; %else %do; %let result = 0; %put NOTE: Var &var not exists in &ds; %end; %let rc = %sysfunc(close(&dsid)); &result %mend VarExist; /* Usage */ %put %VarExist(sashelp.class, name); %put %VarExist(sashelp.class, aaa);
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