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Re: [bug #15820] Can not read sav file

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: [bug #15820] Can not read sav file
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2006 13:50:10 +0800
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On Fri, Feb 24, 2006 at 08:57:59PM -0800, Ben Pfaff wrote:
     John Darrington <address@hidden> writes:
     > It wouldn't be so bad if the encoding was contained withing
     > the file, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
     SPSS has some information on its website that basically says
     everything is based on the current locale.  If you go to the support page (and log in as guest/guest), read through
     their support resolutions 19634, 41558, and 26185.  Especially
     the first of those.
     We should implement SET LOCALE and SHOW LOCALE, which I never
     noticed in the manuals before.

Well spotted.

The sentence "an incorrect LOCALE setting can cause SPSS to become
unstable" confirms that they've really not handled this problem well.
I think we can do slightly better.

     I don't know how (or *if*) Windows locale names map to Unix ones.

In the general case, I would rather doubt it.


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