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RE: st: Problem with infix: record too long


From   DE SOUZA Eric <eric.de_souza@coleurope.eu>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Problem with infix: record too long
Date   Wed, 27 Apr 2011 15:32:51 +0200

If it is a text file, it means that the file is corrupted.


Eric de Souza
College of Europe
Brugge (Bruges), Belgium
http://www.coleurope.eu


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Barbara Guimarães
Sent: 27 April 2011 14:48
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: Problem with infix: record too long

Thank everyone for the suggestions.
I was able to open the file with the program Notepad++. It was not a surprise when it showed only Special characters starting from the exact line where Stata stops reading it.
I do believe there's an error in the file itself. Now I'm trying to contact the provider of the dataset to see what they can do about it.



2011/4/26 DE SOUZA Eric <eric.de_souza@coleurope.eu>
>
> True, but Barbara doesn't seem to absorb the implications of this.
> Barbara,there is no way Stata can read the file. The .txt extension is 
> just not correct. You have to find out in which format the data were 
> saved. Then you have to assign the file the proper extension and see 
> which software can convert it to a text format (.csv would be better)
>
>
> Eric de Souza
> College of Europe
> Brugge (Bruges), Belgium
> http://www.coleurope.eu
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu 
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
> Sent: 26 April 2011 10:08
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: Problem with infix: record too long
>
> Indeed. This has been established from the very first posting in this thread!
>
> Nick
>
> On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM, DE SOUZA Eric <eric.de_souza@coleurope.eu> wrote:
> > The end of the file indicates that it is not a text file but a binary file. When you open a binary file in a text editor that is the kind of stuff you get.
> >
> >
> > Eric de Souza
> > College of Europe
> > Brugge (Bruges), Belgium
> > http://www.coleurope.eu
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