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Overview of Moving SAS Files Using PROC CPORT and PROC CIMPORT

PROC CPORT creates files in transport format, which uses an environment independent standard for character encoding and numeric representation. Transport files that are created by PROC CPORT can be transferred across operating environments and read using PROC CIMPORT.

Here is the process for creating a transport file at the source computer and reading it at a target computer:

  1. A transport file is created at the source computer using PROC CPORT.

  2. The file is transferred from the source computer to the target computer.

  3. The transport file is read at the target computer using PROC CIMPORT.

Note:   Transport files that are created using PROC CPORT are not interchangeable with transport files that are created using the XPORT engine.  [cautionend]

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