The METADATA procedure produces output in the SAS log
or in an XML file. If you do not specify the OUT= argument, the output
is written to the SAS log. To send the output to an XML file, you
must first submit a FILENAME statement to assign a fileref to the
pathname. The file can be temporary or permanent.
In most cases, the output
XML string is identical to the input XML string, with the addition
of the requested values within the XML elements. XML output is mostly
unformatted and difficult to read. To get a more readable representation,
you can send the output to an XML file, and then open the XML file
in an Internet browser such as Internet Explorer. The browser inserts
line breaks between the XML elements to make them more readable. For an example of a
typical output versus an output that was routed to an XML file, see Get Information about Metadata Repositories.
To use the output XML
file (for example, to run reports), create an XML map, and then use
an XML LIBNAME statement to read the XML file. The XML LIBNAME statement
associates the XML map to the XML file so that it can be read by the
XML engine as if it were a SAS data set. You can copy the contents
to a SAS data set if you choose. Like the output XML file, this SAS
data set can be temporary or permanent. For an example that
creates a report and reads it with the XML engine, see Example: Creating a Report with the METADATA Procedure and the XML Engine.
For more information about the XML engine and XML maps,
see the SAS XML LIBNAME Engine: User's Guide
The VERBOSE= argument
does not affect the XML output. It causes the input XML to be written
to the SAS log. For an example of the
information that is written to the log, see VERBOSE Argument.