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changing work directory in sas 9.4 (windows 8) NOT working

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changing work directory in sas 9.4 (windows 8) NOT working

I have newly installed SAS 9.4 on my Windows 8 based machine.  I need to use the D: drive as the work directory as the C: drive (on which the default temporary working directory is) is not large enough to accomodate my files.

 

I have gone into the "C:\Program Files\SASHome\SASFoundation\9.4\nls\en\sasv9.cvg" file and changed the default working directory setting to:

 

-WORK "D:\SAS Temporary Files"

 

Yet, when I open SAS and check on the working directory (either through right-clicking on the "Work" icon and selecting "Properties" or by asking for the work directory from the editor), it remains as the default (in the C: drive).

 

What am I doing wrong???

 

Thanks,

Hayley

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Re: changing work directory in sas 9.4 (windows 8) NOT working

You most likely have your -work near the start of the config file above the line that says "do not edit below this line"

 

Below there, near the bottom you will almost certainly find:

-WORK "!TEMP\SAS Temporary Files"

 

Since it occurs AFTER you instruction it overrides your desired location.

Edit it to

/*-WORK "!TEMP\SAS Temporary Files"*/

to comment out that and your -Work will work.

 

Note that you might want to consider moving the MYSASFILES and SASUSER as well.

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Re: changing work directory in sas 9.4 (windows 8) NOT working

thanks! seems to be working now.  much appreciated.

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