WARNING: INSTALL Application edits below this line. User
options should be added above this box comment.
INSTALL Application maintains and modifies the
following options; -SASAUTO, -SASHELP, -SASMSG
-PATH, and -MAPS. It also maintains and modifies
the following CONFIG variables with the -SET option;
INSTALL, USAGE, LIBRARY, SAMPSIO, SAMPSRC, SASCBT,
and SASEXT01–SASEXT50. It preserves all lines above
the line containing 'DO NOT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE'.
The setup application deletes all data below this warning but does not affect the options
that are specified above it. The SET system option defines the following SAS
environment variables: SASROOT, SASEXT0, SASFOLDER, MYSASFILES,
SASCFG, SASAUTOS, SAMPSIO, SAMPSRC, EISIMAGE, and INSTALL. The setup
application appends the following system options below this warning: SASUSER,
WORK, HELPLOC, DMSEXP, APPLETLOC, TEXTURELOC, RESOURCESLOC,
JREOPTIONS, SASSCRIPT, SASHELP, MSG, and PATH.
To avoid corrupting your configuration file, use a SAS text editor or an ASCII
text editor to edit your configuration file.
The text editor that you choose to edit
the configuration file is important to preserve some of the special character
formatting in the file. The recommended method is to edit your configuration file by
using a SAS text editor (such as the Enhanced Editor) and save it by using the Save
As dialog box. If you do not use a SAS text editor, be sure to use another ASCII text
editor (such as Windows Notepad). Do not use a specialized editor such as the
WordPad application or Microsoft Word. Using such editors can insert carriage-
control characters into your configuration file or corrupt the characters.
Creating a Customized Configuration File
When you install SAS, a SASV9.CFG file is created in the !SASROOT\nls\language-
code folder. The language-code is a two-letter language code for the SAS default
language. You can specify your own file to act as the configuration file, thus overriding
the default file, SASV9.CFG.
The filename that you choose must follow the file-naming conventions for the Windows
operating environment. The file extension must be .CFG.
When you use your own configuration file instead of the default configuration file, you
must add several required system options. For example, you must either use the SET
system option to define the environment variable, !SASROOT, or define SASROOT as a
Windows environment variable.
To ensure that all required system options are defined in your configuration file, copy the
default file (!SASROOT\nls\language-code\SASV9.CFG) and modify the copy
instead of creating your own file.
You can create a customized configuration file and name the file either SASV9.CFG
or .SASV9.CFG in your Windows user profile folder. During SAS invocation, SAS
looks for either of these files in the Windows user profile folder if the -CONFIG options
are not specified. Under Windows, the path for the user profile folder is c:\Users
Starting SAS with an Alternate Configuration File
When you use a file that is located in a different folder or that has a different name as
your default configuration file, you must tell SAS where to find the configuration file.
Chapter 1 • Getting Started under Windows