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RE: st: Loading long string variables (from SQL) into Stata

From   tashi lama <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Loading long string variables (from SQL) into Stata
Date   Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:41:16 +0000

I would also like to find the answer. There is _compress but I am not sure it will be any help since the columns are already truncated before it loads. _compress seems to be helpful once the columns are successfully loaded and you want to save the memory. By the way, if you are running stata in unix, did you have any problem loading sql columns with type varchar? I am having an issue while loading columns with type varchar. 

> Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2012 15:14:43 +0200
> Subject: st: Loading long string variables (from SQL) into Stata
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> Dear listers,
> I`m loading some variables from an SQL database into Stata using the 2
> lines of code given below.
> One of them is a very long string variable that gets cut off when
> loaded into Stata. Is there a way to either increase the maximum
> length of string variables allowed in Stata, or to automatically split
> each string at whatever is the maximum number of symbols and put the
> rest into further string variables?
> Thanks so much and best regards,
> JZ
> local sql "SELECT var1, var2, var3 FROM database WHERE var1>5"
> odbc load, exec("`sql'") conn("`db'")
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