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

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Subject   RE: st: help on dealing with a character in a text file
Date   Thu, 10 Feb 2005 09:05:17 -0500

Stata does not provide any error, it seems like it finishes reading all the data. But it stops on the line before the character ˙ appears. I was looking for something that can be included in my code so that ˙ can be replaced by y and Stata would read the whole file. I use "EditPad Pro" as text editor and it does not have an option of "convert to ASCII".    


-----Original Message-----
From: Ronán Conroy [] 
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 7:43 AM
Subject: Re: st: help on dealing with a character in a text file


> 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 

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) 
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