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A peculiarity with PROC EXPORT

10th June 2007

I have just encountered an issue with PROC EXPORT that I did not expect to see: it needs to run in a windowing environment. The way that I found this was that I was running a SAS macro as part of a batch job in a headless UNIX session and my program stopped dead with the job needing to be killed; that returned a message containing something about SAS/FSP and SAS/AF which does explain things. Still, this was not something that I would have expected with an export to a CSV file; the behaviour sounds more what you see with the likes of PROC GPLOT or PROC REPORT. As it happened, adding the -noterminal option to the batch command line sorted things out.

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