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But the condition is that your large dataset must be compressed firstly.
Jade | Level 19
The compress options renders the POINT option useless so how can this help?

ERROR: The POINT= data set option is not valid for the data set WORK.ACCOUNTS, the data set must be accessible by observation number for POINT=processing.
Super User
You are right.I overlooked this part in documentation.

Rhodochrosite | Level 12
the answer to the final question in your original post in this thread is probably NO.
Since you do not want to re-write the whole file when you "delete" a row these rows remain in the file and are marked as deleted. You seek to have a number running sequentially through the data skipping over and not counting deleted rows? Then you will need to maintain that column because SAS does not.
You seek a pointer into the data providing direct access by something like row number? Then this service needs to accept the presence of those rows you deleted ( but did not re-write the file to remove). This is the row number you want to consider "wrong"! (and what POINT= accesses)
I think you have to work with SAS as it is written - not the way you think it should!
You might find there is a flaw in your concept that requires the SAS approach - which I think
applies here.

peterC slp chkc
(and what POINT= accesses) edit by: Peter.C 14:00 BST


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