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Re: st: help on dealing with a character in a text file

From   Ronán Conroy <>
Subject   Re: st: help on dealing with a character in a text file
Date   Thu, 10 Feb 2005 12:43:21 +0000


Hello List,

    I have a series of fixed formatted flat files which I read in STATA
    using infix. Sometimes I get a character ˙ in one of the name/address
    fields and STATA stops reading the file. In other words, if the
    character ˙ appears in line 100, STATA only reads till line 99 of the
    data file. How can I make STATA read the entire file?

A good text editor can clean up a file like this. There is usually a command called something like "convert to ASCII" which removes dud characters.

This one is interesting, though, as Stata is apprently interpreting it as an end of file marker. Do you get an error or does Stata seem content that it has read all the data there is?


Ronan M Conroy ( Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics Royal College of Surgeons Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 402 2431 (fax 2764) -------------------- Just say no to drug reps

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