Not enough room for all of that dust and data?


Our SAS usage notes usually do a great job of matching symptoms to solutions. But good old SAS note 10751 really stretches the limits of logic.

The symptom: a message during the SAS 8.2 setup process that says "string variable is not large enough for string".

The solution: "To circumvent the problem, clean the CD with a soft cloth."

Hey, it works.

Fortunately, this sort of problem will be dusted away with electronic software delivery in SAS 9.2.

Thanks to Armistead (quoted in the ESD article) for bringing my attention to this SAS note. He keeps a framed copy of the note in his office; I'm sure he's looking forward to the day that he can retire it from the knowledge base.

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Chris Hemedinger

Director, SAS User Engagement

+Chris Hemedinger is the Director of SAS User Engagement, which includes our SAS Communities and SAS User Groups. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies


  1. Hey Chris, I got a problem when I run the data process. When I set two or more data together, if they have variable that have same variable name but different variable length, the generated variable's length will be aligned to the shorter one. This also happens even when I pre-format the short one to be the same format. I have no idea how to deal with this situation. I notice that there 3 attributes for each variable: Len, Dlen, Format. What's the difference of them? How set these attributes? Thanks!

  2. Although it's not really related to this blog entry, it is a good question. I'll attempt to address it in another entry.

  3. Dr. Eli Y. Kling on

    I miss working for SAS.

    That Note, sounds familier. Many a time I solved and instalation problem by ordering a new set of flopy disks, disckes, CDs. The ESD sounds great. I wonder how many would avoid using it so as there is no track of how many instalations they performed. I know this falls in the gray area. In my time the licence was per user and we did not mind how many pcs were intalled (sas/austria & sas/Denmark that is).

    All the best to the guys holding the fort.


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