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Definition of a DICTIONARY Table

A DICTIONARY table is a read-only SAS view that contains information about SAS libraries, SAS data sets, SAS macros, and external files that are in use or available in the current SAS session. A DICTIONARY table also contains the settings for SAS system options that are currently in effect.

When you access a DICTIONARY table, SAS determines the current state of the SAS session and returns the desired information accordingly. This process is performed each time a DICTIONARY table is accessed, so that you always have current information.

DICTIONARY tables can be accessed by a SAS program by using either of these methods:

For more information on DICTIONARY tables, including a list of available DICTIONARY tables and their associated SASHELP views, see SAS 9.2 SQL Procedure User's Guide.

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