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st: read text file with multiple spaces

From   Yu Zhang <>
Subject   st: read text file with multiple spaces
Date   Thu, 18 Aug 2005 19:35:32 -0700 (PDT)

It's a shame to ask, but does anyone know how to read
data (text file) with multiple spaces between
variables?  The number of spaces may vary, so I cannot

. insheet using file, delim(" ")

The only way I figured out is to count the number of
variables first (e.g., using Perl) and then use:

. infile var1-var# using file

Is there a more direct way?  Thanks!

btw, I am using Stata 8.2.

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