Stored Processes: 3 Ways to Edit a Stored Process
Some may not realize that you can edit a SAS Stored Process in multiple ways (depending on your permissions). Today I show you three different ways to reach the stored process code. By the way, I’m using SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3 and SAS Management Console 9.3 – so your windows may look different.
Method 1: SAS Enterprise Guide
Many of you are aware of this method already. Just for review – here’s how you open a stored process and then change it with SAS Enterprise Guide. You have to be connected to the metadata server to reach the stored process.
- From the SAS Folders pane, select the SAS Folders icon.
- Navigate to the stored process location. Right-click the stored process and select Add to Project. The stored process appears in the Process Flow and Project Tree areas.
- From the Process Tree or the Project Flow area, right-click the stored process name and select Modify <stored process name>. The Stored Process Manager window appears and you can make changes to your code. I use this method most often because I like the help I get from SAS Enterprise Guide.
Method 2: SAS Management Console
If you have access to the SAS Management Console 9.3, you can edit the stored process directly. This functionality is not available in earlier releases.
- In the SAS Management Console from the Folders tab, navigate to the stored process location.
- Double-click the stored process. The Properties window appears.
- From the Execution tab, select the Edit button. The Edit Source Code file appears. You can make any desired edits from this window.
Method 3: File System/Source Code Repository
If you have to access the source code repository, you can edit the stored process code directly. [Learn more about the source code repository in this post.] In the previous screen capture, you can see the location of the source code repository. From the SAS Enterprise Guide screen capture, you would click on the Execution options choice.
- Navigate to the file location on the operating system.
- Open the stored process program (SAS program). You may have a preferred editor that you like to use or just good ole’ Base SAS.
Learn More about SAS Stored Processes and Prompts
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