What Is a Package?

Definition of Package

A package is a container for information, or digital content, that is generated or collected for delivery to a consumer.
Knowledge takes the form of package entries, which can be either of two types:
  • SAS results
  • unstructured content

SAS Results

A category of package entry type is SAS results, which can take the form of any of the following:
  • SAS catalog
  • SAS data set
  • SAS database (such as MDDB)
  • SAS SQL view

Unstructured Content

Unstructured content is any package entry that is created external to SAS. Supported unstructured content types include the following:
  • binary file (such as Excel, GIF, JPG, PDF, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • HTML file (including ODS output)
  • reference string (such as URL)
  • text file (such as a SAS program)
  • viewer file (such as an HTML or plain text template that formats SAS file items for viewing in e-mail)

Filename Extensions for Package Entry Types

Each entry in a package is implicitly contained in a file whose filename extension reflects the entry type. Knowing filename extensions might be useful when retrieving packages from the archive, WebDAV, and SharePoint transports.
Default filename extensions are as follows:
.csv - Comma-separated values
.ref - Reference
.sac - SAS catalog (for archive and WebDAV transports)
.sad - SAS data set (for archive and WebDAV transports)
.sam - SAS MDDB
.sav - SAS SQL View
.spk - Archive package
.stc - SAS catalog or SAS data set (for SharePoint transport)