Copy .sas files (program files) with SAS

The code below copies all the SAS-programs (*.sas) files in a directory to another directory. This solution should be used if you don’t want to use an OS-command that copies the files. Using an OS-command is a lot easier and doesn’t require as much code. But of course depends on the OS your running on. This solution is OS independent.


Writing a SAS-program in SAS

The code below will let you write a SAS-program in SAS.

/* This dummy macro-variable will be used later as input for the SAS program. */
%let HelloWorld = Hello world;
data _null_;
file SASProgram;
put ‘%let Hello='” &HelloWorld. “‘;’;
put ‘%put &Hello;’;
put ‘run;’;

filename cdrive “C:\SASPrograms”;

data _null_;
infile SASProgram;
file cdrive(;
put _infile_;
filename cdrive clear;

You now have a SAS-program called ‘‘ in the folder ‘C:\SASPrograms\‘.
The program will look like this.

%let Hello= Hello World;
%put &Hello;

And it will write ‘Hello World‘ to the log in SAS.

Getting path for the SAS-program being executed

/* Gets path for the SAS-program being executed */

%macro GetSASProgramPath;

%let SASProgramPath = %GetSASProgramPath;

This will only work on Windows.

In batchmode you can get the programname with the code below. This will  work in eg an AIX environment.

%let ProgramName = %sysfunc(getoption(sysin));
%put &ProgramName;