|Length of Variables|
In an MPS-format SAS data set, normally the variables field2, field3, and field5 hold the names of the rows and columns. The length of these character variables is limited to the maximum size of a SAS character variable. This enables you to use sufficiently long names for the rows and columns in your model.
In a SAS data set generated by the %MPS2SASD macro, the length of the variables field2, field3, and field5 is fixed to be 8 ASCII characters by default. This length fits the fixed-format MPS/QPS file well since field 2, field 3, and field 5 are fixed at 8 characters. However, the free-format MPS/QPS files might have longer row names or longer column names. The %MPS2SASD macro provides a parameter MAXLEN = n. Using this parameter, you can set the variables field2, field3, and field5 to have a length of n characters in the output SAS data set.
The parameter MAXLEN works only when the given MPS file is in free format. For a fixed-format MPS file, this parameter is ignored and the length of field2, field3, and field5 is 8 characters by default.