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Windows Operating Environment

Error Message: Encrypted Data is Invalid

This message typically appears when using PROC CPORT and PROC CIMPORT to move files whose name extensions have been changed. For example, an extension on at least one filename in the directory was replaced with an extension that conflicts with the version of SAS that was used to create the file. The filename extension could have been changed using either the DOS rename command or the Windows File Manager. For a list of valid Windows filename extensions by SAS version, see SAS Filename Extensions and File Headers.

Use the following command syntax to verify a questionable filename extension:

type filename.extension

You can pipe the output through the more command.

Here is an example:

type xportout.sd2 | more

You suspect that the filename extension for the SAS 9 data set xportout was incorrectly changed from .sas7bdat to .sd2 .

Note:   SAS 9 and SAS 8 filename extensions are identical.  [cautionend]

Here is the output:

SAS 9.00 WIN 6.09

The right column shows that a filename extension appropriate for SAS 6.09 was incorrectly applied to a SAS 9 file. To fix the problem, you must re-apply the .sas7bdat extension to the filename using the DOS rename command or the Windows File Manager.

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