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Viewing format catalogs and macro catalogs

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Viewing format catalogs and macro catalogs

Hi,

One of my coworkers is trying to find a way to view format catalogs and macro catalogs in SAS EG 4.2. The libraries show the datasets and the SAS folders show the metadata folders (right?) but not the catalogs. So, just wondering if there is an option available in EG?

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saspert


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‎07-20-2012 02:38 PM
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Re: Viewing format catalogs and macro catalogs

You can use the Catalog Explorer custom task:

http://blogs.sas.com/content/sasdummy/2010/05/10/viewing-sas-catalogs-from-sas-enterprise-guide/

It allows you to see that catalog entries exist (like compiled macros and formats), but it doesn't provide a drillable view into format definitions, which many people have asked for.

Chris

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‎07-20-2012 02:38 PM
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Re: Viewing format catalogs and macro catalogs

You can use the Catalog Explorer custom task:

http://blogs.sas.com/content/sasdummy/2010/05/10/viewing-sas-catalogs-from-sas-enterprise-guide/

It allows you to see that catalog entries exist (like compiled macros and formats), but it doesn't provide a drillable view into format definitions, which many people have asked for.

Chris

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Re: Viewing format catalogs and macro catalogs

Thanks this is helpful.

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Re: Viewing format catalogs and macro catalogs

If you are trying to find out the descriptions of your formats try using

proc format library=(name of the library with format catalog of interest) cntlout=formatdetails;run;

The resulting dataset will have all the information about the formats.

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Re: Viewing format catalogs and macro catalogs

thanks this is helpful. i think this is the standard way of looking at the list of catalogs.

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