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Turning on the Project Log in SAS Enterprise Guide

The project log is an aggregated view of all the log files for all the tasks in your SAS project. Every task and SAS program that you run in SAS Enterprise Guide generates a log file as part of its output. SAS programmers rely on log files to show what work was done, how long it took to complete, and whether any errors or warnings occurred.

Every time you run your task or even the entire process flow, SAS Enterprise Guide adds the logs to the project log view. The logs accumulate across iterations, meaning that the project log offers a history of every task you have run in your project. When you save your project, SAS Enterprise Guide saves your project log along with it.

The project log feature is not enabled by default, so if you want to build up this project history, you should turn it on when you create your project.

To enable the project log, follow these steps:

1. In the Project Explorer window, right-click the top node (the project name) and choose Properties from the menu.

The Project Properties window appears.

2. Click the Project Log item in the left pane.

The window appears.

3. Select the Maintain Project Log check box to turn on the project log for your project and then click OK.

4. To view the project log, choose View --> Project Log.

Note that the project log won't contain any content until the first time you run tasks after turning it on.

The project log remains enabled for the life of the project. Because long-lived projects can accumulate large log files, SAS Enterprise Guide lets you clear the log as needed, saving it to an external file if you want to save it outside the project.

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