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Re: st: Importing subset of a pipe delimited textfile

From   Brendan Halpin <>
Subject   Re: st: Importing subset of a pipe delimited textfile
Date   Wed, 17 Oct 2012 21:51:29 +0100

On Wed, Oct 17 2012, Rob Shaw wrote:

> I have a very large (around 4Gb) text file that has been pipe
> delimited. It won't all fit in memory so I want to process it in
> parts.
> For fixed datasets I would use infile with the in 1/10000000 option
> then 10000001/2000000 etc. However, this dataset has been pipe
> delimited so I would need to use insheet, but insheet doesn't seem to
> permit the "in" option.

If you're on Mac, Linux or Solaris, the well-worn unix text utilities
will deal with this neatly. In particular -split- will create subfile
(and sed will change | to \t, but filefilter copes with that)

Something like

split --numeric-suffixes --lines=10000 bigfile.raw 

should create multiple files containing 10000 lines, with a numeric
suffix (bigfile.raw01 and so on, I think), which you can then handle
cleanly in Stata.

If you're on that other OS, there's always cygwin.

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