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Re: PSPP-BUG: pspp error with import command

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: PSPP-BUG: pspp error with import command
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 19:59:23 -0800
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Ben Kujala <address@hidden> writes:

> I'm not really up to speed on what I am doing, and I made an obvious mistake 
> of trying to write out to the por file using the save outfile command.  Even 
> though an
> astute user wouldn't do that, I thought it may be good to let you know it 
> crashed the program...
> PSPP> save outfile='/home/bkujala/ops/ops2004_hh.por'.
> error: SAVE: Can't open "/home/bkujala/ops/ops2004_hh.por" as a system file
>         because it is already open as a portable file

Thanks for the report.  I'll take care of that.

> When I went back to try and import the file again I received this message...
> PSPP> import file='/home/bkujala/ops/ops2004_hh.por'.
> error: portable file /home/bkujala/ops/ops2004_hh.por corrupt at offset 457:
>         Missing SPSSPORT signature.

That sounds normal for something that isn't a portable file.  I
guess that I could make the error message clearer.  Perhaps
something like "This does not appear to be a portable file."

> After restoring the file from a backup copy everything worked
> without any errors.  Now I just have to work out how to covert
> the files to CSV and maybe play around in pspp also.  I have to
> admit I am not even sure how to check if the data loaded
> correctly into the program.  I'll start digging through the
> documents on your website next week.  Thank you once again for
> you work.  I hope I was able to help out a bit.

You should be able to easily make sure that the data appears
correct by issuing a "list." command and then looking at
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