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Error when trying to apply date, time formats to variables names 'date' and 'time'

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Error when trying to apply date, time formats to variables names 'date' and 'time'

Hi there,

I am trying to run a simple format command on SAS 9.4 64-bit:

format date date9. time time8. datetime datetime17.;

But I get this error:

ERROR 48-59: The format $DATE was not found or could not be loaded.

I get the same error re: time, but no error re: datetime.

This is a statement I've used many times before, and I see it on the internet as well. I've restarted SAS but have the same issue.

It also seems that if I change the names of the date and time variables, it works. That isn't a good solution here, though.

Any ideas?

Cheers,

Dave.

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Re: Error when trying to apply date, time formats to variables names 'date' and 'time'

Ack! Nevermind, I was concatenating two different datasets and for some reason when I took the second dataset out, it worked.

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Re: Error when trying to apply date, time formats to variables names 'date' and 'time'

Variable "date" is of type character.

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