Where to find your LIBNAME for SAS On-Demand (beware the leopard)


But the plans were on display . . .”
“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“That’s the display department.”
“With a torch.”
“Ah, well the lights had probably gone.”
“So had the stairs.”
“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying Beware of the Leopard.”

– Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

Last night, I was trying to find the LIBNAME statement for my course so I could upload data to be used by the class with SAS On-Demand. Here is where you find it.

Go to your sodareg (the SAS On-Demand for Academics Registration page)


Which my Safari hates and refuses to open, by the way, so I just did it in Chrome. When you log in, next to the course name you will see a link that says info and above that link is a note that this is where you get information about your course setup, including instructions for storing data on the server.

Screenshot showing where to find LIBNAME


You might think that is perfectly obvious and you would read it. Actually, given that 7,500 people on April Fools Day clicked on a user contract that gave GameStation the right to their immortal soul, including agreeing that GameStation could serve notice to hand over one’s immortal soul in six (6) foot high letters of fire, I think it is safe to conclude that most people completely ignore user agreements and don’t read instructions.

a badgerSo, am I going to change my behavior in this regard? Well, since most “info” from manufacturers includes information like that I should not iron my clothes while wearing them or that I agree not to sue them even if the box contains a clan of badgers instead of the software I ordered and said badger clan leaps out of the box and chews off my fingers because, well, I should have been prepared for such contingency with badger repellent handy and it’s all my own fault, really – so, no –

– unless it comes from SAS On-Demand, in which case, I might.

Oh, by the way on another random note, if you are looking for your site number, which I don’t think you really need for SAS On-Demand but the tech support form requires it, in SAS Enterprise Guide, go into the help menu and select About SAS Enterprise Guide and a menu will pop up with your site number.


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