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Running SAS through PERL

Posted on 2006-11-05
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Hi Expert,
            I am trying to work on managiang some SAS filesand I have following question.

 1.    How can I run SAS program through PERL ?
 2. How can I pass parameter to SAS program from PERL ?

Any comment or suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks you,

Sudhir
     
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by:Tintin
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Same as you run an other program via Perl.

system "/path/to/sasprog $var1 $var2" and die "Can not run sasprog $!\n";
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by:sud
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Hi Tintin,
     It just open the program but does not run it ?

in my case SAS is installed on B drive while I am on A drive.

Here is the program that i am trying to write,

#!/usr/local/bin/perl -w
use strict;
print "Hello World\n";
system "D:/Program Files/SAS/SAS 9.1/temp.sas" and die "Can not run sasprog $!\n";
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by:Tintin
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What do you mean by "it just opens the program, but does not run it"?
How do you normally run SAS programs?  
I assume you need to invoke it with some type of SAS executable/interpreter.
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by:mjcoyne
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temp.sas is not an executable file.  You'll need to call the program itself, with parameters, perhaps in a file...

If SAS is not able to be run from the command line, or at least passed a data file from the command line, it might not be possible to do it in Perl.
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by:sud
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They way to run SAS is

sas temp.sas

The program opens the SAS viewer so i can edit the program. But does not run it.

Thanks,

Sudhir
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#!/usr/local/bin/perl -w
use strict;
print "Hello World\n";
system "sas D:/Program Files/SAS/SAS 9.1/temp.sas" and die "Can not run sasprog $!\n";

You may need to put the full path to 'sas' if it isn't in your PATH.
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by:sud
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Thanks,

I have not tried it yet but will let u know the result.

Thanks,

Sudhir
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by:mjcoyne
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Now, sas by itself *is* and executable file...:)
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by:sud
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Yes Tintin,

that works.

Sudhir
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