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Re: st: Problem with infix: record too long

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: Problem with infix: record too long
Date   Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:52:24 +0100

-infix- cannot read binary files.

.txt is just a file extension that is commonly assigned to ASCII
files; if the file is binary, calling it .txt won't make it so.

Showing us the first few lines of the file might give us a clue.


> 2011/4/24 Barbara Guimarães <>:
>> I'm having trouble reading data with infix. I am using Stata 11.1 for Windows.
>> I received the "record too long" error, and I subsequently read the
>> thread "Re:st:reading data with infix: record too long" (as of 2003
>> and 2008), then checked my data set with -hexdump, analyze- but I
>> don't know what to do now.
>> The number of lines in my dataset is 3,972,429, but Stata is only
>> reading 2,513,116 lines. I have also tried to open the dataset using a
>> text editor to see if I could do something about it (my data set
>> format is .TXT), but its not opening due to its size.
>> I have alos tested reading the dataset wiht only one or two variables,
>> but in all cases Stata only brings part of the sata set and I receive
>> the "record too long" error.
>> I do believe it is not a memory issue, because I had previously read
>> another dataset in Stata, which was as large as this one, with no
>> problems. The dataset I'm having trouble with reading is in Binary
>> format, and I don't know if this is the cause of the error or not (the
>> other dataset is ASCII format).
>> What are the possibilities, if any, to integraly read this file in
>> Stata? I would need to merge both datasets afterwards, would it be
>> possible?

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