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Changing the SAS temporary folder

SAS saves all temporary files in the C:/ in Windows workstations. Since storage quota are limited on the C:/, you should follow these steps to change the temporary directory

1. Create SASv9.cfg file

  1. 1.
    Open Windows File Browser on the Stronghold Windows machine.
  2. 2.
    Go to C:\Program Files\SASHome\SASFoundation\9.4
  3. 3.
    Copy sasv9.cfg . The file might be named "sasv9"
  4. 4.
    Go to Documents-> My SAS Files -> 9.4
  5. 5.
    Paste the file
If you cannot find the "My SAS Files" folder, open SAS and close it. This folder is created when you open SAS for the first time on a computer.

2. Identify a folder outside C:\

Find a folder where you are allowed to create and modify files. This is going to be the new SAS temporary folder. In this tutorial, let's assume that the directory is "E:\SASTemp\ccvdemo2"

3. Modify SASv9.cfg file

1. Open the new sasv9.cfg in Notepad. You can right-click this file -> Open With .. -> Notepad
2. On the second line, add the line below and save the file
-WORK "E:\SASTemp\ccvdemo2"
Your Temporary folder might be different than the one mentioned here. Use the correct folder.

4. Modify SAS shortcut

  1. 1.
    On the Desktop, right click the SAS Icon -> Create Shortcut
  2. 2.
    Rename the new SAS icon to distinguish it from the earlier version.
  3. 3.
    Right-click this new icon and open Properties
  4. 4.
    You will see a textbox in the Properties window that labeled "Target". We will have to modify the Target.
The original text in this box says:
"C:\Program Files\SASHome\SASFoundation\9.4\sas.exe" -CONFIG "C:\Program Files\SASHome\SASFoundation\9.4\nls\en\sasv9.cfg"
Change it to the following text:
"C:\Program Files\SASHome\SASFoundation\9.4\sas.exe" -CONFIG "C:\Users\ccvdemo2\Documents\My SAS Files\9.4\sasv9.cfg"
  1. 5.
    Note that we have just changed the text in bold. This example shows the text for a user named "ccvdemo2" . Replace that with your Brown Username.
  1. 6.
    Click Apply.
  2. 7.
    Use this new shortcut whenever you need to launch SAS.