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Re: st: RE: RE: IPUMS data open issue


From   Phil Clayton <philclayton@internode.on.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: RE: IPUMS data open issue
Date   Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:39:17 +1100

Oh I agree, but I had an ulterior message for posting that!

You said:
"the message you reproduce implies that Stata can't find the file, and not that it can find the file but can't read it..."

I wanted to point out that the error message "file ... not found" doesn't necessarily mean that the file isn't there. This can occasionally be unclear and misleading.

Phil

On 17/02/2012, at 9:04 AM, Nick Cox wrote:

> I am guessing but it appears that this file is in part of Gabi's hard
> drive devoted to her own files, so if she did not have read access to
> it that would be rather peculiar.
> 
> Nick
> 
> On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 8:40 PM, Phil Clayton
> <philclayton@internode.on.net> wrote:
>> One other possibility is that the file exists but you don't have permission to read it.
>> 
>> For example (and this is from a Mac, it might be different in Windows), I tried creating a text file that I didn't have permission to read and got the following:
>> 
>> . ls *.txt
>> 
>> -r--------  1 root  staff  7168 Feb 16 23:15 myfile.txt
>> 
>> . type myfile.txt
>> file myfile.txt not found
>> r(601);
>> 
>> Phil
>> 
>> On 17/02/2012, at 7:10 AM, Nick Cox wrote:
>> 
>>> You can settle this easily. If the file exists, then
>>> 
>>> . type C:\Users\Gabi\Desktop\dissertation\usa_00001.dat
>>> 
>>> in Stata will type the file out. If the file exists, and there is some
>>> problem with reading it, then I think we have to see what the file
>>> looks like inside.
>>> 
>>> Despite your confidence, the message you reproduce implies that Stata
>>> can't find the file, and not that it can find the file but can't read
>>> it because your -infix- instructions are wrong. If that is wrong, then
>>> we still need to see what is inside the file to give advice.
>>> 
>>> Nick
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM, Ferro,Gabrielle A
>>> <hunny215@mail.ufl.edu> wrote:
>>>> Thanks. I already tried that and it isn't a Drive issue.  I appears to be an issue with the Data and I was hoping someone would be familiar with the Data from IPUMS and any associated problems.
>>>> 
>>>> _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
>>>> 
>>>> Gabrielle Ferro
>>>> Graduate Student
>>>> Food and Resource Economics
>>>> University of Florida
>>>> ________________________________________
>>>> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] on behalf of Nick Cox [n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk]
>>>> Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:45 PM
>>>> To: 'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'
>>>> Subject: st: RE: IPUMS data open issue
>>>> 
>>>> As you say, Stata can't find the file you name. I don't think we can do anything except advise that you check the name and/or search for it on your C: drive.
>>>> 
>>>> Nick
>>>> n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
>>>> 
>>>> Ferro,Gabrielle A
>>>> 
>>>> I received data from IPUMS and am attempting to open in STATA.  Below is the .do file I am using.  It can not recognize the file, I am hoping someone will be able to point me in the right direction.  I have double-checked the directory and it is correct.
>>>> The Error message that I receive is below the .do file.  Thank you in advance for any help.
>>>> 
>>>> set more off
>>>> clear
>>>> quietly infix ///
>>>> int year 1-4 ///
>>>> byte datanum 5-6 ///
>>>> double serial 7-14 ///
>>>> int age 15-17 ///
>>>> byte sex 18-18 ///
>>>> byte marst 19-19 ///
>>>> byte race 20-20 ///
>>>> int raced 21-23 ///
>>>> byte language 24-25 ///
>>>> int languaged 26-29 ///
>>>> byte educ 30-31 ///
>>>> int educd 32-34 ///
>>>> long ftotinc 35-41 ///
>>>> long incwelfr 42-46 ///
>>>> int poverty 47-49 ///
>>>> int migplac1 50-52 ///
>>>> using "C:\Users\Gabi\Desktop\dissertation\usa_00001.dat"
>>>> file C:\Users\Gabi\Desktop\dissertation\usa_00001.dat not found
>>>> 
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