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Fluorite | Level 6



I coded a macro which I then invoked in a second macro like this:


%macro evtstudy(industry,start,end,number);


%mend evtstudy;

/*Evoke event study macro for different industries and event windows*/
%macro evtrun (industry);
	%evtstudy (&industry.,-2,3,1);	
%mend evtrun;


Before I changed it into a macro everything worked fine but now I always get the error

 485: ROW and COLUMN could not be determined.
 NOTE: NOSPOOL is on. Rerunning with OPTION SPOOL might allow recovery of the LINE and COLUMN where the error has occurred.

I wonder if it is because how I invoked the macro inside the other macro?

Super User

Invoking a macro within another macro is fine, and often a good idea.  That sort of message is hard to debug, but the problem should be somewhere within your code (could be missing semicolon sometimes?). 


Below example code runs fine:

%macro evtstudy(industry,start,end,number);
  %put macro EVTSTUDY running &=industry &=start &=end &=number  ;
%mend evtstudy;

%macro evtrun (industry);
  %put macro EVTRUN running &=industry ;
	%evtstudy (&industry.,-2,3,1);	
%mend evtrun;


Logs is:


34   %evtrun(aerodef)
macro EVTRUN running INDUSTRY=aerodef
macro EVTSTUDY running INDUSTRY=aerodef START=-2 END=3 NUMBER=1


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Rhodochrosite | Level 12

Calling a macro from another macro is not a problem.  I do it all the time.  You must be doing something else wrong.  



and lots of other debugging options can help you debug.

Tourmaline | Level 20

Try running again after turning on SPOOL option  



I reckon it might be the use of comment strings like /*----*/ in the macro causing issues. Change to the macro comment style: %*------;

Rhodochrosite | Level 12

Actually, /* */ comments are fine in a macro. I use them all the time.

Fluorite | Level 6

Hey everybody, thank you for your answers!
It was actually a way simpler problem. Im invoking this macro for about 100 data sets, but had forgotten one of them in the import macro.. obviously SAS can't compute anything then.. I didn't see this before because SAS Studio didn't show the whole log.


Sorry, Im still a beginner. Smiley Embarassed Smiley Very Happy

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