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Re: st: -save- a varlist

From   Daniel Feenberg <>
Subject   Re: st: -save- a varlist
Date   Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:08:55 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 30 Oct 2012, Nick Cox wrote:

As Daniel Feenberg underlined recently, you can -outsheet- part of the
data. In the same vein, -outfile- is another alternative.

The underlying problem here is that the -save- command doesn't allow a variable list (of -if- or -in-, for that matter). But -outsheet- and -outfile- do. Alternatively, if the user has some writeable local storage STATATMP can be set by the user to point there, and that would speed up -preserve-, -restore- and many other commands.

dan feenberg


On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM, Jeph Herrin <> wrote:

I have a very large dataset (20gb) that I must access remotely, so that
-use- and -save- each take about 30minutes. When I have this file open,
I would like to create some secondary files that contain only 1-3 variable.

If the file were smaller, I would typically use -preserve-, -keep-,
-save-, -restore- to do this. However, this takes a couple of hours. So
I am using

. export excel var1 var2 var3 using file.xls, replace

Then later using -import excel- to read them back in. This is much
faster, but has the obvious drawback that variable labels and other
attributes are lost. It is also aesthetically unsatisfying.

Can anyone suggest an alternative?
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