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Quartz | Level 8

Dear All,

I'm using SAS Enterprise Guide 4.1 and I was wondering if this version can read datasets from a zip file. I have nearly 2000 large size datasets which I would prefer to read without extracting them.

Googled plenty of sites but did not find any direct solution. Experts request you to advise on this.

Thanks, Manthan.

Super User

AFAIK you need to unzip, read file and then delete in all versions of SAS. You can store them with the compress option but I don't believe that's as efficient as ZIP.

Super User

The method is in the comments to access a SAS datasets, but does require copying the file out.

Opal | Level 21

In SAS9.4 there is a zip engine for the Libname statement which would give you direct access to a zip archive. Comment added: This was dreaming. There is a zip engine for filename not for libname.

I believe EG4.1 goes with SAS9.1.3 so there you need to first extract the SAS file. What you could do: Extract the file into WORK and then use it from there like any other SAS table in work.

Below sample code uses zip file "c:\temp\". This archive contains file "class.sas7bdat". The program extracts the file to the SAS Work folder. 7-zip is used for extracting the file. You will need to figure out what's available in your environment and how the exact command syntax needs to look like.

proc sql noprint;

  select path into :pathname

  from dictionary.libnames

  where libname='WORK';


data _null_;

  rc=system('"C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" e "c:\temp\"  -o"'||strip(symget("pathname"))||'" class.* -r -y');

  if rc ne 0 then put "return code is " rc /"Process not successful";



proc print data=work.class;


Super User

To directly read a SAS dataset, you need to have it in a library, which in the case of zipped files would mean that the libname statement supports a "zip" engine. Since this is not (yet?) implemented, you can only decompress the files with an external command (from SAS 9.4 you could also use the filename zip access method to unpack the file), read them and delete them afterwards.

On which operating system platform does your SAS workspace server run?

You could post an idea about implementing a zip engine for the libname statement in future SAS releases.

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