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st: Infile Errors


From   "Alexander Nervedi" <alexnerdy@hotmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Infile Errors
Date   Tue, 07 Jun 2005 03:19:10 +0000

Hi Statalist

I am having issues with using infile.

I have data in fixed width format that looks like:

KA0013217HA01 0 0 0 0 1
KA0013250HA01 0 0 0 0 1
KA0013283HA01 0 0 0 0 0

I have a dictionary file called Alex.dct that looks like:

infile dictionary using Alex.RAW{

_column(1) str card_code %1s "Schedule Code"
_column(2) str village_code %1s "Village Identifier"
_column(2) int pcode %1f "Person Code"

...

}

When I "infile" in stata i get the following error:

. infile using Alex.dct

infile dictionary using Alex.RAW{

_column(1) str card_code %1s "Schedule Code"
_column(2) str village_code %1s "Village Identifier"
str already defined
dictionary invalid
r(614);

end of do-file
r(614);

I cant figure out why it is thinking of str as a variable. I am hoping someone has experience with this and can offer suggestions.

Thanks!

Alex

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