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Error: Variable is not an object

Hello,

I ran this code/program and got an "variable is not an object" error.  What did I do wrong?  Thoughts?  Thanks!

a.sys_manual=b.sys_manual;

                    ____________

                    557

ERROR: DATA STEP Component Object failure.  Aborted during the COMPILATION phase.

ERROR 557-185: Variable a is not an object.

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   /* Update filter_by_decdecision_last */

data dcsn_sys_manual;

  

   update filter_by_decdecision (in=a)

           sys_manual_data (in=b);

   by id ;

   if a and b then

      do;

         a.sys_manual=b.sys_manual;

      end;

  

run;

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Re: Error: Variable is not an object

It looks like you're mixing SQL notation and DATA step together.

You can't refer to a.sys_manual and b.sys_manual like that, you need to rename one of them in the update or handle it some other way. Are you sure you want an update, not a set or merge instead?

See here for more information:

http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/basess/58133/HTML/default/viewer.htm#a001304308.htm

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