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Re: Import SPSS file fails because of datetime width

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: Import SPSS file fails because of datetime width
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2010 15:26:05 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Fri, Aug 06, 2010 at 05:02:39PM +0200, Andreas Lappe wrote:
     On  5.08.10, John Darrington wrote:
     > If you change DATETIME to DATETIME20 and put your date in
     > quotes, then this should work.
     > If your unmodified file works on SPSS, then this should be considered a 
     > and reported like any other.
     > J'
     It was quite an odyssey but I got my hands on SPSS 17 and tried to
     import that set: Works without any questions. So I'd file it as a bug
     But as I have to make my analysis for my thesis, is there a quick fix I
     can do to make it work in PSPP? I don't have the time to wait for an
     update, I guess.
     Changing DATETIME to DATETIME20 I get errors about values not being
     numbers, so that's your quoting. Do I have to quote everything that's
     not a number? Or just every field?
     Thank you for your help

I think the problem is the space in the date/time.  If the date/time is supposed
to be parsed as one field then you'll have to quote it.


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