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Statements under z/OS

LENGTH Statement: z/OS

Specifies how many bytes SAS uses to store a variable's value.
Valid: in a DATA step
z/OS specifics: length of numeric variables
See: LENGTH Statement in SAS Language Reference: Dictionary

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LENGTH variables <$> length . . . <DEFAULT=n>;

Note:   This syntax is a simplified version of the LENGTH statement syntax; see SAS Language Reference: Dictionary for the complete syntax and its explanation.  [cautionend]


can range from 2 to 8 for numeric variables and from 1 to 32,767 for character variables.

Note:   The minimum value for length for a numeric value might be greater than 2 when you create a SAS data set that is written in a data representation other than the native data representation for SAS on z/OS.  [cautionend]


changes from 8 to n the default number of bytes that SAS uses for storing the values of newly created numeric variables. Under z/OS, n can range from 2 to 8.

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