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Re: st: Stata 9 datasets readable by Stata 8?
At 02:43 PM 5/9/2005 -0400, Dan Blanchette wrote:
-svyset- has a lot more options now, and those get saved with the
dataset. So, perhaps that also creates compatibility problems across
versions? Apparently not, however, since it says at
It seems that the only change in the datafile is related to value labels.
Stata 9 now allows value labels to be up to 32,000 characters long and
in different languages. So if your Stata 9 dataset does not take advantage
of these new features, can it still be read by Stata 8 and by data transfer
software like DBMS/Copy and StatTransfer?
"If you are using Stata 9 and want to save a file so that it may be read by
someone using Stata 8, simply use the save command. Stata 8 and Stata 9
share the same dataset format. Stata 9 allows value labels to be up to
32,000 characters long. If Stata 8 tries to read a Stata 9 dataset with
value labels that exceed the Stata 8 limit (244 for Stata/SE; 80 for Stata
Intercooled), Stata 8 will ignore those labels and read the rest of the
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