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XPT to Excel Convertor using Perl

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XPT to Excel Convertor using Perl

Need to convert XPT file to Excel using Perl.

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Re: XPT to Excel Convertor using Perl

Posted in reply to SaumyaPandey

If you need help with perl, ask in a perl-specific forum.

 

For dealing with SAS transport formats, you need SAS and the XPORT library engine.

 

For more information and reference, look here: https://www.loc.gov/preservation/digital/formats/fdd/fdd000464.shtml

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Re: XPT to Excel Convertor using Perl

Posted in reply to SaumyaPandey

I need to unscrew this door, with a banana!

 

Do you see the point.

 

Perl is a method of processing string data.  XPT is a now open binary file source.   You need to be able to process the binary file and convert it into a usable format.  The simplest method of doing this is to use SAS base and the libname xpt engine, then you can dump the output into a CSV file - as you wouldn't want to go from one dreadful proprietary binary format to another one would you?

https://communities.sas.com/t5/Base-SAS-Programming/Convert-XPT-to-SAS-Datasets/td-p/97872

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Re: XPT to Excel Convertor using Perl

@RW9 I am getting your point but there is a requirement needed to make a xpt to excel convertor using Perl.Is it possible?

I have seen libraries in R and Python that can do that,is there any module in Perl for the same?

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Re: XPT to Excel Convertor using Perl

Posted in reply to SaumyaPandey

I don't know, this is a SAS forum?

Try: 

https://www.perl.org/community.html

 

Do note however that XPT is ancient, and open source now.  If anything, people are moving away from that format.  Here is the technical layout of the file:

https://support.sas.com/techsup/technote/ts140.pdf

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Re: XPT to Excel Convertor using Perl

Posted in reply to SaumyaPandey

SaumyaPandey wrote:

... requirement needed to make a xpt to excel convertor using Perl.


The XPT format is well documented, so if you have that requirement, roll your own module. That's the nice thing with open source. And let your customer pay fully for the development.

 

Otherwise follow Maxim 14 and use the right tool, which is SAS.

 

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