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EG "Cannot Open the Data File" error

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EG "Cannot Open the Data File" error

Hello...

I am 110% stumped. I am using EG 4.1 on my Windows XP machine. I have a number of existing SAS data sets from which I have built EG projects in the past. I can also open them in "regular" SAS without difficulty (e.g., from SAS 9.1 for Windows XP, I can assign a libname and then work with the data sets in procedure or data steps).

But, as of tonight, for some reason, I am getting a "Enterprise Guide Cannot Open the Data File" message for EVERY data set I try to open. This does not make sense.

If anyone knows how I can fix this problem I'd appreciate your help ASAP. You are welcome to email me directly at sierrainfo@aol.com if you want. Otherwise, thanks in advance for posting your reply to this forum!

Andrew
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Re: EG "Cannot Open the Data File" error

Hi, Andrew:
You've probably checked these,
http://support.sas.com/kb/17/589.html
http://support.sas.com/kb/3/447.html

What did Tech Support suggest?
cynthia
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Re: EG "Cannot Open the Data File" error

Hi...thanks for your reply. Since I am using the Learning Edition I am not able to contact Tech Support on this issue. I do not think there are formats on any of the variables in the data set. As I mentioned in my original post I have used these data sets in EG in the past without trouble. I also opened them on another machine without difficulty.

I am also unable to establish a library reference (Libref) to that library using EG at this time. I get the same "Cannot Open" message when I try to do that.

Still stumped here, unfortunately.

Andrew
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Re: EG "Cannot Open the Data File" error

Further to my previous post, one of the links Cynthia provided suggested there may be formats assocated to some of the variables which EG cannot "find." This is NOT the case with this data set. I cannot open ANY SAS data sets with my version of EG any more, NOR can I use the Assign Libname window to assign a library reference to a library of existing data sets.

Thanks, Andrew
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Re: EG "Cannot Open the Data File" error

Andrew,

Has your copy of LE expired? I'm not sure how to check that, but LE has an expiration date that is different from regular SAS.

Under EG 3.x, I've seen students have this problem when XP has marked the directory or file as 'read only' (under properties).

Doc
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Re: EG "Cannot Open the Data File" error

Hi Doc...

No, my version of LE has not expired. I just got it, all new and shiny, about six months ago.

Thanks, Andrew
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Re: EG "Cannot Open the Data File" error

Andrew,

Some things to check:

- can you connect to SAS from within EG? View->Servers List->Expand your SAS server.

- In EG, check Help->About->System Details. Does the window show that you have SAS installed and registered? There would be an entry for "SAS location" and "SAS command".

If the answer is no to these questions, try re-registering SAS. Navigate a command prompt to where your SAS.exe resides and run:

sas.exe /regserver

Chris
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