SAS 9.2, reading Excell sheets and getting their names through Symget

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SAS 9.2, reading Excell sheets and getting their names through Symget

Hello!

We have 9.2 and 9.4 in shop.

However the following code (with different datafile and dbms characteristics) works in 9.4 but not in 9.2.

We have to make it to run on machine with 9.2

%macro readexcel(sheet);

proc import out= &sheet

datafile = "&path\&name..xls"

dbms = EXCEL2000 REPLACE;

sheet ="&sheet";

getnames=yes;

run;

data &sheet;

length nm $40;

set &sheet;

nm=symget('sheet');

run;

%mend readexcel;

 

When macro is executed all data from the sheet is there in the set, but column "nm"  that suppose to have Sheet name is empty, and we get message:

NOTE: Invalid argument to function SYMGET at line 2 column 47.

Thanks. 


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‎01-09-2017 10:53 AM
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Re: SAS 9.2, reading Excell sheets and getting their names through Symget

Why are you using symget and not the macro variable directly? 

 

Nm="&sheet";

 

Looks like symget expects double quotes. From the docs

 

argument
can be one of the following items:

the name of a macro variable within double quotation marks but without an ampersand
the name of a DATA step character variable, specified with no quotation marks, which contains a macro variable name
a character expression that constructs a macro variable name

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‎01-09-2017 10:53 AM
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Posts: 19,155

Re: SAS 9.2, reading Excell sheets and getting their names through Symget

Why are you using symget and not the macro variable directly? 

 

Nm="&sheet";

 

Looks like symget expects double quotes. From the docs

 

argument
can be one of the following items:

the name of a macro variable within double quotation marks but without an ampersand
the name of a DATA step character variable, specified with no quotation marks, which contains a macro variable name
a character expression that constructs a macro variable name

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Re: SAS 9.2, reading Excell sheets and getting their names through Symget

Thanks.

It worked.

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