Adding formats to a SAS Catalog

I have what is below in my autoexec.
/**************** SAS Formats ***************/
libname sasfmts   "D:\Projects\A_Pro\formats";
Options FmtSearch=(SASFMTS.afp_f) ;
/**************** SAS Formats ***************/
This sets up the format catalog in D:\Projects\A_Pro\formats". The catalog in there is called afp_f.sas7bcat. This catalog was given to me so I didn't create any of the formats in there. There are about 100 different formats in that catalog. So now I created a simple new format in sas and now want to add it to the afp_f.sas7bcat catalog. How do I do that?

Appreciate any help;
perrysf25Asked:
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Aloysius LowCommented:
perrysf25Author Commented:
I tried to delete the question you made comments on because i put work detail information i dont want in the question.
I revised the question and reposted. Hope you don't mind. I just want to be able to add a new format to an existing cataglog. How do I do that?
perrysf25Author Commented:
Ah ok I read the comment on the other post. I actually have been doing what you said after I create a new format. But the number of catalogs in my folder will become numerous as I create formats all the time for the work I do. Is the no way to just add a format to an existing catalog?
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Aloysius LowCommented:
like i posted, you can't add to an existing catalog unless you have the original data that was used to produce the catalog in the first place.

rather, i suggest you create a new catalog that resides in the same library as the original catalogs, and either 1. use options fmtsearch=(SASFMTS) i.e. just the libname only or 2. add your new catalog into the fmtsearch option: options fmtsearch=(SASFMTS.afp_f, SASFMTS.[your new format catalog name]) ;

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perrysf25Author Commented:
Ok got it. Thanks!
Aloysius LowCommented:
well anyway if you are going to be creating a lot of formats, it's good if you store the data somewhere so that you can continually add to that dataset and produce a format catalog based on that dataset. then in that case you won't be needing to create new catalogs each time you have a new format. hope this helps.
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