SAS Enterprise Guide has always set NOFMTERR, even though it's not the default setting for the option in SAS. Why? Because if you attempt to open data that references a SAS format that SAS cannot find, not only will you be unable to open the data, but you'll get a pop-up message that says something like "Format VAL. cannot be found". Because many SAS Enterprise Guide users are new to SAS, and that message is confusing at best, we erred on the side of allowing you to open the data even without the format. This decision was made in the very early days of the product over 10 years ago, and we've had no suggestions to change it. Then again, we didn't really tell people we were doing it.
In SAS Enterprise Guide 4.2 we made it easier to see exactly what's happening when SAS initializes. No more secrets! Here are the steps:
- Select View->Server List
- In the Server list, expand the server you are connecting to (ex: "SASApp" or "Local")
- Right-click on the server name and select Properties.
- Click on the Software tab.
- Click on View Initialization Log.
You'll see a SAS log window that contains the same startup log that you might know from running SAS interactively (including the NEWS= content, if any!).
I'll tell you right now: one other system option that SAS Enterprise Guide submits is VALIDVARNAME=ANY, which makes it much easier to import those spreadsheet files with funny column names.
If you want to override these options at startup, that's easy to do by providing your own initialization statements. Check out this sasCommunity.org tip for instructions.