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Data Set Options for Relational Databases

DBSASLABEL= Data Set Option

Specifies how the engine returns column labels.
Default value: COMPAT
Valid in: DATA and PROC steps (when accessing DBMS data using SAS/ACCESS software)
DBMS support: DB2 under UNIX and PC Hosts, DB2 under z/OS, HP Neoview, Informix, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Netezza, ODBC, OLE DB, Oracle, Sybase, Teradata

Syntax Description



Syntax Description


specifies that the labels returned should be compatible with what the application normally receives. In other words, engines exhibit their normal behavior.


specifies that the engine does not return a column label. The engine returns blanks for the column labels.


By default, the SAS/ACCESS interface for your DBMS generates column labels from column names instead of from the real column labels.

You can use this option to override the default behavior. It is useful for when PROC SQL uses column labels as headings instead of column aliases.


This example demonstrates how you can use DBSASLABEL= to return blank column labels so that PROC SQL can use the column aliases as the column headings.

proc sql;
     select deptno as Department ID, loc as Location 
     from mylib.dept(dbsaslabel=none);

When DBSASLABEL=NONE, PROC SQL ignores the aliases, and it uses DEPTNO and LOC as column headings in the result set.

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