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ERROR: Cannot create PROC FORMAT style format with the same name as an Institute-supplied format

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ERROR: Cannot create PROC FORMAT style format with the same name as an Institute-supplied format

Dear all,

 

When I tried to import the dataset, there is an error keep showing, which is:

 

ERROR: Cannot create PROC FORMAT style format with the same name as an Institute-supplied format

 

I was also tried to remove the previous format, but it still does not working.

 

Here is my log file:

(I use the University edition)

 

 
1 OPTIONS NONOTES NOSTIMER NOSOURCE NOSYNTAXCHECK;
55
56 proc import datafile ='/folders/myfolders/project/09836-0002-Data/'
57 dbms=sav
58 out=dataset2
59 replace;
60 run;
 
ERROR: Cannot create PROC FORMAT style format with the same name as an Institute-supplied format
NOTE: The import data set has 10258 observations and 495 variables.
NOTE: WORK.DATASET2 data set was successfully created.
NOTE: PROCEDURE IMPORT used (Total process time):
real time 1.21 seconds
cpu time 0.80 seconds
 
 
61
62 OPTIONS NONOTES NOSTIMER NOSOURCE NOSYNTAXCHECK;
 
 
Can anyone help me to solve this problem, I will be appreciate.
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Re: ERROR: Cannot create PROC FORMAT style format with the same name as an Institute-supplied format

Posted in reply to xiaolufan

Interesting, I wonder if there's a way to get around this.  

This may be one option:

 

Option nofmterr; 

 

And/or try using DBMS=SPSS instead of SAV

This seems to be the current standard. 

 

And lastly, try specifying a format library. 

See example 3 here:

http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/acpcref/67382/HTML/default/viewer.htm#n1h6b01uh0dm2yn1fp...

 

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