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by SAS Employee BillSawyer
2 weeks ago

SAS Enterprise Guide  has an Explore feature that does not lock the data.

From the Servers list, right-click on the data and choose Explore.



by Contributor hollandnumerics
2 weeks ago - last edited 2 weeks ago



If the functionality I'm requesting already exists in EG, why can't it be used as the default when you open any SAS data set for browsing? The current options to Explore or for Data Exploration don't shout loud enough about their benefits to other SAS users of the data sets, and the Open options don't inform users about their impact.



by SAS Employee BillSawyer
2 weeks ago

Tools > Options > Data > "Default Action for Data in Server List and SAS Folders Views", choose "Explore".

The default is Open since most users want to add the data to their project. 


With the current data grid, EG does a full table lock on the data even though you are only viewing/reading the data. 

We already have a few defects regarding this issue. R&D is considering a future change that would greatly reduce the amount of time that the data grid locks the data.


As an alternative solution, if the SAS server is licensed for SAS/Share, then,  you could define SAS/Share libraries for you most frequently defined libraries (or all of them) so that the data could be accessed by EG's data grid and updated by another SAS instance w/o getting locked out.


If you would like to discuss SAS/Share I'd recommend opening a track with Technical Support.

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