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The SAS Infile and File Statements

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Paper 166-2008

The SAS INFILE and FILE Statements

Steven First, President

Systems Seminar Consultants

Presented at the 2008 SAS Global Forum


One of the most flexible features of the SAS system is its ability to read and write just about any kind of raw file. The INFILE and FILE statements are the interfaces that connect SAS programs to those external files so that INPUT and PUT can read and write data. These statements provide many options to make reading and writing simple to complex files in an easy way.

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