sas >> Remove special characters from SAS dataset

by vikram.vaidyanathan » Tue, 22 Apr 2008 10:31:56 GMT

I have a SAS dataset which shows special characters when viewed in UNIX
using the following command:

strings medadmin.sas7bdat | cat =96et|more =96f

You will see the following characters in between observations:
4!^I`$
r7$
?aP{$

It is like there are 3 extra lines in the datasets and it needs to be
removed.

Can someone provide some insight on how to remove these special characters?

Thanks,
Vikram

sas >> Remove special characters from SAS dataset

by RolandRB » Tue, 22 Apr 2008 15:08:55 GMT


On Apr 22, 4:31m, XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Vikram


Be very careful. Although these special characters might be seen using
a Unix command, all the actual fields might be OK. Don't forget that a
number stored in sas that is a number and not a character will
normally contain non-printable characters that this Unix command will
also show up. And yet the dataset might be perfectly OK.

If you want to scan the *character* fields for strange characters that
maybe should not be there then use my macro.
http://www.datasavantconsulting.com/roland/hexcnt.sas

It calls other macros that you can find on my web site.

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