EXTENDOBSCOUNTER= Data Set Option
Specifies whether to extend the maximum observation
count in a new output SAS data file.
||DATA step and PROC steps
||Data Set Control
||Use with output data files only.
Use with the BASE engine only.
EXTENDOBSCOUNTER=NO | YES
specifies that the
maximum observation count in a newly created SAS data file is determined
by the long integer size for the operating environment. In operating
environments with a 32-bit long integer, the maximum number is 231–1 or
approximately two billion observations (2,147,483,647). In operating
environments with a 64-bit long integer, the number is 263–1 or approximately 9.2 quintillion observations.
requests an enhanced
file format in a newly created SAS data file that counts observations
beyond the 32-bit long limitation. For a SAS data file that is created
for an operating environment that stores the number of observations
with a 32-bit long integer, the data file behaves like a 64-bit file
with respect to counters.
Restrictions:A SAS data file that is created with EXTENDOBSCOUNTER=YES
is incompatible with releases before SAS 9.3.
Specify EXTENDOBSCOUNTER=YES only for an output SAS data
file whose internal data representation stores the observation count
as a 32-bit long integer. For a table that lists the operating environments
and OUTREP= data representation values that are appropriate with EXTENDOBSCOUNTER=YES, see When to Use the EXTENDOBSCOUNTER=YES Option in SAS Language Reference: Concepts.