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Re: st: Re: saveold
Thanks for this, I'll certainly use this program
(descsave) when trying to transfer from stata 8 to
stata 6. But I am not too happy about the suggestion
of buying Statatransfer in order to transfer data from
stata 8 to stata 7 (actually I have stattransfer, but
this is an old version too, and so only able to
transfer from 7 to 6).
At the end of the day what should I make of a command
called saveold whose description says it saves the
current data into stata 7 format? This seems not to be
working for me. I cannot believe there isnt a quick
solution to this. Either the command or something I am
doing must be wrong. Any help would be really
--- Roger Newson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> At 11:35 30/10/03 -0800, edoardo masset wrote:
> >I am using stata 8. I sent some data files to a
> >colleague who is using stata 7. So I saved them as
> >stata 7 using saveold, but he couldnt open it.
> >I found in the statalist archive that the same
> >happened to somebody who had not updated stata 7.
> So I
> >told my friend to run 'update all' and then I sent
> >files again. But nope. He still cant open it.
> >Is there a way to open stata 8 files using stata 7?
> >I remember using the same files in stata 6 and 7 by
> >saving old, with no problems at all!
> -saveold- works OK for me. (I have both Stata 7 and
> Stata 8 under Windows
> 98.) However, if all else fails, Eduardo and his
> colleague might consider
> using my -descsave- package, downloadable from SSC,
> together with -insheet-
> and -outsheet-. In web-aware Stata, type
> ssc desc descsave
> to find more about -descsave-.
> -descsave- is a Stata program that writes Stata
> programs. For instance,
> Eduardo might program, in Stata 8:
> descsave, do(nutz.do)
> outsheet using nutz.txt
> and create a generic spreadsheet text file
> -nutz.txt- and also create a
> Stata do-file -nutz.do-, which contains a program to
> reconstruct the
> variable attributes of the variables in the
> spreadsheet (ie types, formats,
> variable labels and value labels, or sometimes even
> characteristics). Eduardo might then give both files
> to his colleague, who
> might program, in Stata 7 (or even Stata 6):
> insheet using nutz.txt
> run nutz.do
> and re-create, in memory, a Stata 7 (or Stata 6)
> version of Eduardo's Stata
> 8 data set.
> In the longer run, Eduardo and his colleague might
> consider investing in
> the data conversion package StatTransfer, available
> from Circle Systems,
> whose website is
> I hope this helps.
> Roger Newson
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> Department of Public Health Sciences
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