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using dataset ending with date

Hello friends - this could be dumb question but can you please tell me how we can use dataset which look like this...

sales_20140819

sales_19aug2014

THESE DATASETS WILL KEEP CHANGIN DATE DATE SO TOMORROW WE WILL HAVE

sales_20140820

sales_20aug2014

so i want to use like this;

data test;

set anylibrary.sales_&sysdate;

run;

Please help - thanks!


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‎08-19-2014 06:35 PM
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Re: using dataset ending with date

set anylibrary.sales_%sysfunc(today(), yymmddn8.);

AND/OR

set anylibrary.sales_%sysfunc(today(), date9);

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‎08-19-2014 06:35 PM
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Posts: 17,360

Re: using dataset ending with date

set anylibrary.sales_%sysfunc(today(), yymmddn8.);

AND/OR

set anylibrary.sales_%sysfunc(today(), date9);

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Re: using dataset ending with date

thanks Reeza and SAS KIWI Smiley Happy...

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Re: using dataset ending with date

I suggest you stick with the yyyymmdd style as your datasets will then naturally sort in date order either in SAS or Windows Explorer.

Also if you wish to use this on many datasets consider defining as a macro variable. If it is yesterday you want then try this:

%let Yesterday = %sysfunc(intnx(DAY,%sysfunc(today()), -1), yymmddn8.);

data example;

  set anylibrary.sales_&Yesterday.;

run;

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