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st: Skipping Lines When Reading Raw Data


From   Alan Neustadtl <alan.neustadtl@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Skipping Lines When Reading Raw Data
Date   Fri, 30 Sep 2005 09:51:37 -0400

I am reading in a large number of raw data files that contain header
information as well as non-data information at the end of the file.

The first seven lines always contain header info and I can skip over
this using the following code:  "infix 8 firstlineoffile".

When the data end, there are sixteen lines with non-data information. 
If there are 92 observations the sixteen lines begin on the 100th line
(7+92=99=header+data).  If there are 126 observations (7+126=133) the
sixteen lines begin on line 134.

Any ideas about how to either read these data w/o the last sixteen
line or how to drop the observations after reading in all the data?  I
do not know the number of observations beforehand.

TIA,
Alan

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