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SB12
Calcite | Level 5

When i use proc import to import the excel file in unix SAS, some columns with numeric values are imported as dollar format. However, when i use proc import to import the same excel file in PC SAS, the column values comes in as standard numeric type with no format. Is there any option i can use in proc import in Unix SAS so that the numeric values are not imported as dollar format.

 

Thank you

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Reeza
Super User

Not really. 

 

Check the format/informat. It's relatively easy to strip the format off if you don't like it. 

SB12
Calcite | Level 5

XLSX

RW9
Diamond | Level 26 RW9
Diamond | Level 26

Are you sure your trying to import an Excel file (i.e. an XLS or XLSX file) on Unix, I thought as Excel was Windows only, the engine to import directly was not available on Unix?  Anyways, I would strongly recommend to save the file as CSV, and write a datastep import program - Excel is notoriously unstructured, and combine that with the guessing of proc import is more headaches than just typing a program in.

SB12
Calcite | Level 5

Yes, proc import with the dbms=xlsx works in Unix.

LinusH
Tourmaline | Level 20
@RW9 I assume that @SB12 is using a PC Files Server, right?
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SB12
Calcite | Level 5

I was not using it before. I was using standard proc import with dbms=xlsx. The import would be done however some of the numeric columns would come in dollar format. Now i tried with the PC SAS file server and it worked for me. The numeric columns are in standard numeric type that i was looking for and not in dollar format. Thanks

RW9
Diamond | Level 26 RW9
Diamond | Level 26

So it definately is an Excel file then.  Ok, well to be honest, my advice does not really change much anyhows.  Save the file into a text based delimited file format - i.e. a proper data transfer file format - then write a datastep import program.  Excel is not structured and proc import is a guessing procedure, these will cause you headaches.  Importing a simple text file is very simple and you have full control over what columns are imported, what type they are etc.  

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