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Re: Creating Production Jobs on PSPP

From: Matthew Silver
Subject: Re: Creating Production Jobs on PSPP
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:30:06 -0400

Thanks for the quick response, John. I probably should have mentioned earlier that I want to make it a line in a batch file without actually running the shell. So for comparison, here's the working code I have for SPSS:
"C:\Program Files\IBM\SPSS\Statistics\20\stats.exe" %TEMP% -production silent -symbol @datafile %DATA%
where %TEMP% is the name of the production job file and %DATA% the data file I'm reading in. Simply swapping the stats.exe with the PSPP equivalent doesn't do the trick. What would I do in this case?

On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM, John Darrington <address@hidden> wrote:
On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:57:07PM -0400, Matthew Silver wrote:
     I'm sorry John, I'm relatively new to this and am not completely sure what
     you mean by "file start pspp." For example, if I wanted to run prodjob.spj
     with PSPP, how would I represent that as a line in batch?

Sorry.  I was typing rather fast and missed much of the punctuation from what
I wrote.

>From a shell, type "pspp prodjob.spj"  - this will run all the commands in the
prodjob.spj file and then terminate.

I hope this makes it clearer.

This is supposed to be covered in chapter 3 of the manual, so if after reading that
it is unclear, please raise a bug report.


BTW, It is considered bad "netiquette" to send individual emails as follow-up
 questions to an answer on a public mailing list.  By all means ask such questions
 but do remember to CC the mailing list.  That way, not only do other people get
 the benefit of the discussion, but there are more people who can answer your

     On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:03 PM, John Darrington <
     address@hidden> wrote:

     > On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 11:16:57AM -0400, Matthew Silver wrote:
     >      Hello,
     >      I am working at a company that has a limited number of single-user
     > licenses
     >      for SPSS. I have a production job that works on SPSS, but I can't
     > seem to
     >      find the equivalent on PSPP. I have a trial version of SPSS myself
     > that
     >      expires in just 2 days, so help on this topic would be greatly
     > appreciated.
     >      Please let me know whether production jobs can be done on PSPP!
     > I hadn't heard of the term "production job" until you mentioned it.  So I
     > searched
     > IBM's web site and found this definition:
     >   "Production jobs provide the ability to run IBM? SPSS? Statistics in an
     >    automated fashion. The program runs unattended and terminates after
     > executing
     >    the last command, so you can perform other tasks while it runs or
     > schedule the
     >    production job to run automatically at scheduled times. "
     > The answer is, yes.  PSPP can do that.  Just put the commands in a file
     > start pspp
     > passing it the name of the file.
     > J'

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