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I am trying to set the data types when reading a spreadsheet using the libname XLSX enging.


I am sucssful in reading the spreadsheet, however when I try to use the DBSASTYPE SAS throws and error.  I am using SAS EG 8.3.  The facility_id appears in excel to be a column of numbers.  I am able to read it and convert it.


My question is specific to using the dbSASTYPE functionality.  If I remove the dbSAStype, I can successfully read the file.


libname xl XLSX "/sasdata/airb_output01/dgear/cc_basel/my_file.xlsx" ;

data cc_basel1;
set xl.GUI(DBSASTYPE=(FACILITY_ID='char(20)'));


Results in:

34 data cc_basel1;
35 set xl.GUI(DBSASTYPE=(FACILITY_ID='char(20)'));
ERROR 22-7: Invalid option name DBSASTYPE.


Is there something that must be installed? 


Super User
No, this option isn't enabled for the XLSX engine. As far as I know there's no way to specify the type 100% fool proof from an Excel file except by converting to CSV and reading that in.

Unfortunately, as Reeza mentioned, the XLSX engine does not have support for the DBSASTYPE option.  


Please  upvote this ballot item, where I suggested this improvement:


I did notice on LinkedIN a couple weeks ago that Henry Feldman is 'open to work' after departing ATT.  Perhaps SAS will be able to hire him back... I wouldn't think it would be hard to add support for DBSASTYPE.  

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