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SAS Certification Prep Guide, 4th Edition by SAS Institute

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Displaying the Structure of a Table

Overview

Sometimes you want to look at the structure (the columns and column attributes) of a table that you created or of a table that was created by someone else. When you create a table, the CREATE TABLE statement writes a message to the SAS log, which indicates the number of rows and columns in the table that was created. However, that message does not contain information about column attributes.
If you are working with an existing table that contains rows of data, you can use a PROC SQL query to generate a report that shows all of the columns in a table. However, the report does not list the column attributes, and a PROC SQL query does not generate output for an empty table.
To display a list of columns ...

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