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Data Set Options under OpenVMS

ALTER= Data Set Option

Specifies a password for a SAS file that prevents users from replacing or deleting the file, but permits READ and WRITE access.
Default: none
Valid in: DATA step and PROC step
Category: Data Set Control
Engines: V9, V8, V7, V6, V9TAPE, V8TAPE, V7TAPE
OpenVMS specifics: the TAPE engines ignore alter-password
See: ALTER= Data Set Option in the SAS Language Reference: Dictionary





must be a valid SAS name. See "Rules for Words and Names in the SAS Language" in SAS Language Reference: Concepts.


The ALTER= data set option applies to all types of SAS files except catalogs. You can use this option to assign an alternate password to a SAS file or to access a read-only file.

Note:   Under OpenVMS, TAPES engine ignore alter-password.  [cautionend]

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