Tips:Using the PATHNAME Function

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data mydata.class;
set sashelp.class;
libname mydat6 v6 "%sysfunc(pathname(mydata))";
data mydat6.class6;
set mydata.class;

The PATHNAME function can be used to retrieve the physical location of a file or directory. This can be especially useful when reassigning engines for a libref using the macro language.

Here we want to write a Version 6 copy of the data set CLASS to the same location as the MYDATA library, however in order to issue a new LIBNAME statement we need to know the location of the MYDATA library. The PATHNAME function returns this location and the new libref (MYDAT6) can be created.

Submitted by Art Carpenter. Contact me at my Discussion Page.

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