Asked • 04/21/19

In SAS, what are good techniques/options for catching syntax errors?

In the enhanced editor, the coloring might give you a hint. However, on the mainframe I don't believe there is anything, in the editor, that will help you. I use OPTIONS OBS=0 noreplace; The obs=0 option specifies that 0 observarions are read in from the input dataset and NOREPLACE tells SAS not to overwite an existing SAS dataset with one of the same name. If you are creating a new datastet, it will be created with all the attributes, but with 0 observations. (Be sure to reset the options, if needed, to Options Obs=max replace ; when no more syntax errors are found). I'd be interested in any other techniques. Thanks Explanation about options came from [here.][1] [1]:

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