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abcd123
Fluorite | Level 6

Hello,all

I am trying to execute a dos command within sas:

%sysExec copy "&file" "&new_destination";

however, I got a warning message

WARNING: The quoted string currently being processed has become more than 262 characters long. You may have unbalanced quotation marks.:

Apparently, it is my macro variable &file that is too long.

I tried options NOQUOTELENMAX; the warning message is gone, however, still no file is copied to the new_destination.

Can anyone help to solve this problem? Thanks

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Quentin
Super User

I would try replacing the macro vars with hard coded values, and see if it's happy then.

Most likely the value of &file aor &new_destination is not what you expect.

%put &file being copied to &new_destination ;

Once you have it working without macro vars, then go back to using the macro vars.

Message was edited by: Quentin McMullen

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Quentin
Super User

I would try replacing the macro vars with hard coded values, and see if it's happy then.

Most likely the value of &file aor &new_destination is not what you expect.

%put &file being copied to &new_destination ;

Once you have it working without macro vars, then go back to using the macro vars.

Message was edited by: Quentin McMullen

BASUG is hosting free webinars ! Next up: Art Carpenter on February 28 at noon ET. Register now at the Boston Area SAS Users Group event page: https://www.basug.org/events.
abcd123
Fluorite | Level 6

Thank you for help. I found out what the problem is: there are too many spaces tailoring in macro variable &file. After those spaces are removed, it worked.

pavan1
Obsidian | Level 7

Hello abcd123

 

can you please share the code that u had used for this error. I'm facing the same issue.

 

Thanks,

 

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