Can someone suggest how can i read a single '.' (Period) for a CHAR column from a File. When I read a file and there is a single '.' for a column with data type CHAR SAS converts the '.' value to a SPACE. I don't want to read . as space. I want to know when there was a space in the input file and when i get . then i want to retain it as some valid data.
When the input file has two back to back periods ('..') then I am able to read them just fine. The above mentioned problem arises when I try to read a single period into a char data type column.