Working with the ODS templates and styles when batch processing

I ran into some trouble with creating new templates and styles while running a SAS job in batch mode. The cause was the user of the RSASUSER switch on the SAS command. This sets the SASUSER library to be read-only and that is what is used to store new templates and styles by default. The fix is to switch these to another library to which there is write access, WORK, for example. Here’s the line of code that achieves the manoeuvre:

ODS PATH work.templat(update) sasuser.templat(read) sashelp.tmplmst(read);

Apparently, the same change might be needed for stored processes too so it’s one to keep in mind.