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Macro Functions

%SYSGET Function

Returns the value of the specified operating environment variable.
Type: Macro function

Using SYSGET in a UNIX Operating Environment




is the name of an environment variable. The case of environment-variable must agree with the case that is stored on the operating environment.


The %SYSGET function returns the value as a character string. If the value is truncated or the variable is not defined on the operating environment, %SYSGET displays a warning message in the SAS log.

You can use the value returned by %SYSGET as a condition for determining further action to take or parts of a SAS program to execute. For example, your program can restrict certain processing or issue commands that are specific to a user.

For details, see the SAS documentation for your operating environment.


Example 1: Using SYSGET in a UNIX Operating Environment

This example returns the ID of a user on a UNIX operating environment:

%let person=%sysget(USER);
%put User is &person;

When these statements execute for user ABCDEF, the following is written to the SAS log:

User is abcdef

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