To each their own! However, I would hope that the current acceptable
length of 32,767 (or even the 6,000 for include files) would be long
enough to meet such needs.
From: Keintz, H. Mark < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >
To: Arthur Tabachneck < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >; XXXX@XXXXX.COM
< XXXX@XXXXX.COM >
Sent: Tue, Feb 23, 2010 10:13 am
Subject: RE: 256 character command limit
Here is a reason I think supporting longer sas program line lengths
could be beneficial.
Longer line lengths could allow you to have strict correspondence
between statement numbers and line numbers in the SAS program
file. It would simplify various OS command-level filters (e.g.
the "head" and "tail" commands frequently used in the unix
This would make it easier to build a shell script to restart a
multi-step sas program at a specified statement number (which
you would see on the sas log), since it would correspond to
line number. There would be no need to edit the sas program,
(which might be disallowed in a multi-user environment).