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System Options under z/OS

WORKTERM System Option: z/OS

Specifies whether SAS erases WORK files at the termination of a SAS session.
Valid in: configuration file, SAS invocation, Option statement, SAS System Options window
Category: Environment control: Files
z/OS specifics: default setting



WORKTERM is the most appropriate setting when the WORK library resides in a UFS directory because reusing a UFS WORK library from a previous session is not practical. However, NOWORKTERM is the appropriate setting when the WORK library resides in a direct access bound library because either the library resides in a temporary z/OS data set that will be deleted by the system anyway, or the library resides in a permanent data set that might be reused.

SAS recommends that you specify NOWORKTERM in the default options table and not specify it in a CONFIG file or in the SAS invocation options. If you follow this recommendation, SAS automatically selects the appropriate setting during SAS system initialization, based on the type of WORK library.

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