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From: Matej Kovacic
Subject: unicode
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 07:27:28 +0100
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> My linux runs with UTF-8, and I'm also have the same problem. As we
> discovered because of the
> non-ascii chars on filename problem, windows never uses Unicode, so
> probably .sav files also don`t uses.
> So I think that any OS with UTF-8 will always have this problem.
> And because PSPP claims to be compatible with SPSS, we should use the
> same encoding as SPSS,
> who sadly uses the windows encoding.

Or - there should be an option when opening/importing file, to set which
encoding datafile is using.

BTW, I am also using LimeSurvey (, an
opensource software for web surveys, and LimeSurvey has an option to
export data directly into SPSS. You get data file and syntax file.
Syntax file is like this:

 fname A40
 lname A40
 attr1 A100
 attr2 A100

I don't know which SPSS version of syntax is that, but PSPP is unable to
run this syntax. However, there is an interesting option SET UNICODE=ON
at the beginning...

bye, Matej

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