Desktop productivity for business analysts and programmers

How to move file folder-to-folder

Occasional Contributor
Posts: 10

How to move file folder-to-folder

Hi Everyone

I am working on SAS Enterprise Guide.

As part of an automation work, I need to move some files from one folder to another folder.

SAS step used is:

options noxwait;
x ‘move c:\temp\*.txt c:\newtemp’;

When I run this step, I get following error:
ERROR: Shell escape is not valid in this SAS session.

Since Enterprise Guide I work on provides a client interface to log in to SAS server located remotely, I found from internet that SAS administrator disables windows cmd commands to avoid their misuses.

Please suggest me ways to move files.

Note: while I want to move, I want to make sure the "date modified" values of files do not change.

Appreciate your co-operation.

Respected Advisor
Posts: 4,795

Re: How to move file folder-to-folder

Posted in reply to shankar_kumar
Yep. That's the message you get with NOXCMD as I explained in one of your threads.

You have to ask your SAS Admin to change this to XCMD (in SAS Metadata on the logical Server under Advanced Options - I think...).

As long as NOXCMD is set there is no way to issue an OS command (shell escape).
Frequent Contributor
Posts: 139

Re: How to move file folder-to-folder


I work exclusively in SAS Enterprise Guide and have had the same problem that you have. I solved mine by directly accessing the Windows DLL that contains the copy/move function by using the SASCBTL attribute table with the MODULE family of call routines and functions. Below is a link to a paper that I wrote for SESUG 2010 that describes how to do this.



Ask a Question
Discussion stats
  • 2 replies
  • 3 in conversation