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st: Fwd: ODBC with Excel

From   Thomas Speidel <>
Subject   st: Fwd: ODBC with Excel
Date   Thu, 24 May 2007 11:21:59 -0600

I am attempting to automate a routine where a series of Excel

spreadsheets are downloaded from the internet via Stata and saved in a local directory for later analysis.

The files are correctly saved and can be opened in MS Excel 2007. However, a warning message in Excel indicates the following: "File error. Some number formats may have been lost." Once I dismiss the error message, the file is correct, including the formats.
When I try to load the Excel file in Stata using .odbc load, I get the following error (debug on):
[Microsoft][ODBC Excel Driver] Reserved error (-5016); there is no message for this error.
[Microsoft][ODBC Excel Driver] Reserved error (-5016); there is no message for this error., SQLSTATE=HY000

-Interestingly, if, once I dismiss the error in Excel 2007, I save the document and try to load it in Stata, it loads fine without any errors.
-Changing the odbc driver used when setting up the data source in Windows to an earlier one, does not resolve the problem.
-Because this is part of an automation routine, manually opening each Excel document in order to dismiss the error and hitting save, is not a sensical option.
-Windows XP home, Microsoft Office 2007

I know this question has much more to do to MS Excel than Stata, but I am wondering if anyone has encountered this problem or if anyone has a suggestion or alternate solutions.

Thank you,
Thomas Speidel

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