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st: Destring command

From   Jumin Kim <>
Subject   st: Destring command
Date   Mon, 1 Aug 2005 12:56:41 -0400

I'm trying to destring a string variable by using the following command:
    destring r05_, gen (immig_spec)

But, I get the following message:
    r05_ contains non-numeric characters; no generate

How do I get around this.  Thank you.

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