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How to create a SAS dataset with information from txt files

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How to create a SAS dataset with information from txt files

I have 3 .txt files and need create a SAS dataset with :
- a variable with datetime of the creating this files
- a variable with filename
- a variable with filesize
How can I do this ?

 

Example :

I have 3 files called : claims.txt, sales.txt and product.txt

I need a SAS dataset called CONTROL like this :

Name

Size

Datetime

Claims

446.335

10/19/2017 15:34:00

Sales

357.051

10/19/2017 15:34:00

Products

9.909.169

10/19/2017 15:34:00

Claims

447.698

10/20/2017 16:00:01

Sales

357.063

10/20/2017 16:00:01

 

This informations are about when the files were created and copied in the folder

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Re: How to create a SAS dataset with information from txt files

Posted in reply to Valesca_1012

Look in the Base SAS Functions help information, the category of "External Files". SAS has functions that will let you retrieve all of this information, with examples in the help text.

 

Tom

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Re: How to create a SAS dataset with information from txt files

Posted in reply to Valesca_1012

There's a good example of using FINFO to retrieve these attributes -- it's in this SAS Note.

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Re: How to create a SAS dataset with information from txt files

Posted in reply to Valesca_1012

And another option, which is the same as the suggestion yesterday, but here's an example. 

 

https://communities.sas.com/t5/SAS-Enterprise-Guide/QA-Data-Set/m-p/404961

 

data meta;
    /*Source table mentioned already*/
    set sashelp.vtable;

    /*this limits the data sets in the list, you can remove it*/
    where memname in ('AIR', 'CARS', 'SHOES', 'BASEBALL', 'CLASS', 'FISH');

    /*variables your interested in keeping:
    data set name, created date, modificaiton date and filesize*/
    KEEP MEMNAME CRDATE MODDATE FILESIZE;
RUN;

*Display results;

Proc print data=meta;
run;a
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