BookmarkSubscribeRSS Feed
🔒 This topic is solved and locked. Need further help from the community? Please sign in and ask a new question.
dgoel
Fluorite | Level 6

 I am looking for the global variable which has the format of YYYY-MM-DD

 

For example:

 

I have TD_ASOFDT which returns '2019-10-16'

I have date which is of format YYYYMMDDN8 and returns like 20191016.

 

How can I return 2019-10-16, i.e. there are - as separators but no inverted commas. 

1 ACCEPTED SOLUTION

Accepted Solutions
Tom
Super User Tom
Super User

@dgoel wrote:

 I am looking for the global variable which has the format of YYYY-MM-DD

 

For example:

 

I have TD_ASOFDT which returns '2019-10-16'

I have date which is of format YYYYMMDDN8 and returns like 20191016.

 

How can I return 2019-10-16, i.e. there are - as separators but no inverted commas. 


What is a global variable?  Did you mean a macro variable?  Perhaps one defined in the GLOBAL scope?

Hopefully your macro variable does not include upside commas (what does that even mean? Are you talking about fancy quotes with different angles for opening and closing quotes?) but instead has nice normal single quote characters, like in your example.

 

To convert '2019-10-16' to 2019-10-16 just remove the quotes.

%let want=%sysfunc(dequote(&TD_ASOFDT ));

 

It is not at all clear what your other variable is or even what name to use to refer to it.

Is it also a macro variable?  Or is it an actual variable in a dataset?

 

Let's assume, again, that you are talking about a character string stored in a macro variable. (Note that everything stored in a macro variable is a character string.)

 

You could convert it to a date and then regenerate a character string again only using a format that generates the characters you want.

%let want=%sysfunc(inputn(&date,yymmdd8.),yymmdd10.);

 

View solution in original post

4 REPLIES 4
novinosrin
Tourmaline | Level 20

Try format YYMMDD10.

PaigeMiller
Diamond | Level 26

@dgoel wrote:

I have TD_ASOFDT which returns '2019-10-16'

I have date which is of format YYYYMMDDN8 and returns like 20191016.

 

How can I return 2019-10-16, i.e. there are - as separators but no inverted commas. 


If your format is 8 characters wide, you don't have enough room left to right to include the dashes/hyphens.

 

Try format YYMMDDD10.

--
Paige Miller
Tom
Super User Tom
Super User

@dgoel wrote:

 I am looking for the global variable which has the format of YYYY-MM-DD

 

For example:

 

I have TD_ASOFDT which returns '2019-10-16'

I have date which is of format YYYYMMDDN8 and returns like 20191016.

 

How can I return 2019-10-16, i.e. there are - as separators but no inverted commas. 


What is a global variable?  Did you mean a macro variable?  Perhaps one defined in the GLOBAL scope?

Hopefully your macro variable does not include upside commas (what does that even mean? Are you talking about fancy quotes with different angles for opening and closing quotes?) but instead has nice normal single quote characters, like in your example.

 

To convert '2019-10-16' to 2019-10-16 just remove the quotes.

%let want=%sysfunc(dequote(&TD_ASOFDT ));

 

It is not at all clear what your other variable is or even what name to use to refer to it.

Is it also a macro variable?  Or is it an actual variable in a dataset?

 

Let's assume, again, that you are talking about a character string stored in a macro variable. (Note that everything stored in a macro variable is a character string.)

 

You could convert it to a date and then regenerate a character string again only using a format that generates the characters you want.

%let want=%sysfunc(inputn(&date,yymmdd8.),yymmdd10.);

 

dgoel
Fluorite | Level 6

Thank You, it worked.

sas-innovate-2024.png

Available on demand!

Missed SAS Innovate Las Vegas? Watch all the action for free! View the keynotes, general sessions and 22 breakouts on demand.

 

Register now!

How to Concatenate Values

Learn how use the CAT functions in SAS to join values from multiple variables into a single value.

Find more tutorials on the SAS Users YouTube channel.

Click image to register for webinarClick image to register for webinar

Classroom Training Available!

Select SAS Training centers are offering in-person courses. View upcoming courses for:

View all other training opportunities.

Discussion stats
  • 4 replies
  • 5349 views
  • 1 like
  • 4 in conversation