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Request to SAS:
Please provide, in every SAS version, a tool to convert files/catalogs between 32 and 64 bit (without the need to buy a licence for a new 'SAS module'). This should not be a problem for experienced (SAS) programmer.


Super User

If you are talking about SAS catalogs, data sets and libraries look into Proc CPORT running on a 32-bit session of SAS to create a transport file then read the files with Proc CIMPORT. Best to do this before losing the SAS license on the 32-bit machine that created these. Or vice versa though some items in 64-bit files will not have corresponding behavior in 32 bit results.


Been around for quite awhile. Also the proper way to transfer files into native format between different operating systems.



Opal | Level 21

I don't think it is as easy as it sounds. There are OS differences as well. In any case 32-bit SAS is becoming rarer and rarer so the conversion problem is likely to disappear before too long and just leave OS differences. 

Super User

Datasets are accessible through CEDA, and catalogs must not be used for long-term storage anyway, so I don't see the problem.