Sunday, November 18, 2012

Persistant Default Library

I've been switching back and forth between libraries I define and the work library, mostly because I don't like putting "mylib." in front of every library name. But today I learned that if you define the USER library, it will use that as a permanent work library. So for example the following code:
libname USER "D:/SAS/project1";

DATA example_database;

SET other_database_in_D_SAS_project1;

Will create example_database.sas7db in the D:/SAS/project1 folder, and when you reboot SAS and run the libname user command again (or better yet, put it in your file), all your work files will be there waiting. It's a time saver if you are working on a project and have to shutdown SAS.