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Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

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Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

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Re: Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

In a word, no.  Been asked before.  Probably a candidate for a sas ballot.

The best I have been able to do is to copy the entire project and then go in to the new one and delete the parts I didn't want in the new project.  Subpar at best.

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Re: Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

Indeed functionality that is missing!

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Re: Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

This feature (copy/past flows across projects) is slated for the next release of SAS Enterprise Guide (7.1), which is due to release Very Soon Now.  It's a great addition!

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Re: Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

Just to close the loop -- that feature is now here!

 

Copy an entire process flow in SAS Enterprise Guide

 

Copy and paste a process flow - it works!

 

 

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Re: Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

Copy is certainly clickable, but Paste is not for some reason. Also I can move branches that start with codes between process flows within a project, but not branches that start with datasets
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Hi @old_friend - this should be working in v7.1, if that's what you're using.  If you can't get it to work then I suggest either posting as a new thread with some screen shots, or working with SAS Technical Support for some further investigation.

 

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Re: Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

I think this happens due to safety. If EG cannot handle the move of some items between process flows, it disables Paste. Items can be moved individually still.
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Re: Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

What version of EG do you use?  The behavior you're describing sounds like pre-7.1.  I have found the copy/paste of flows and branches to be very robust after the v7.1 feature enhancements.  But you might be running into cases that I haven't tried.

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Re: Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

Chris, I am using 7.11 HF2 (7.100.1.2785) (32-bit)
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Re: Is there a way to copy a process flow from one project to a new one? Thank you!

One way to go in newer SAS EG versions

- Export the process flow to a program (.sas file)

- Import program into new EG project

- open the new program code node

- run "Analyze for Program Flow" and save as new process flow.

This will not give you exactly what you had in the source EG project - but may be the result will be sufficient for what you need.

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