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st: Stripping ASCII characters

From   "Thomas, Anthony" <>
Subject   st: Stripping ASCII characters
Date   Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:03:20 -0500

Hi Statalist,

When insheeting a csv file using Stata 11 - Unix, Stata aborts with the error:

too many variables specified
error in line 5000000 of file

Output of "hexdump" indicated the file contained control characters
(^Z), and was in binary format, when it was expected to be ASCII. I
tried using "filefilter "f1.csv" "f2.csv", from(^Z) to() replace" to
strip the problem characters, but a hexdump on f2.csv indicates the
(^Z) are still present. From what I understand ^Z (sub) is used in
place of a character that cannot be read by Stata, is this the case?
If so, is there any way to strip these characters from my file prior
to import?


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