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Calcite | Level 5

I run proc sql by connecting to sql server table (proc sql; connect to sqlsvr (dsn=table_name readbuff=15000))

I would like to run a proc contents on the table (dsn=table_name) but I must be getting the syntax wrong.  Is it even possible to run proc contents when connecting to SQL server?


Any help would be appreciated...


When you use PROC SQL to connect to SQL server, you're using "explicit pass-through" to let you write Microsoft SQL Server code and send it to SQL server to execute.


You cannot use PROC CONTENTS in an explicit pass-through block because PROC CONTENTS is SAS code, not SQL Server Code.


If you want to run PROC CONTENTS on a SQL server table, you can use the LIBNAME statement to create a libref that points to the SQL server database.  Then you can run the usual PROC CONTENTS step:

libname mysqldb ... ;
proc contents data=mysqldb.mytable;

When you do that, you're using "implicit pass-through".  You're submitting SAS code and telling SAS to translate it into SQL server code.

Check out the Boston Area SAS Users Group (BASUG) video archives:
Opal | Level 21

On top of what @Quentin says: 

Proc Contents then will you show how the SQL Server columns map into SAS columns. It will not show you the SQL Server column types (like: a varchar on the SQL Server side will map into a CHAR on the SAS side and that's what Proc Contents will show).



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