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Re: Running Production Job on PSPP

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: Running Production Job on PSPP
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 18:40:26 +0200
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What that page doesn't explain, is what can a "production job" do, that can't 
done with parallel executions of SPSS/PSPP.

Ok,  PSPP cannot run two syntax files concurrently.  But, unless you have a 
or multi-processor machine, doing so will save little if any time.  If you do 
a multi-processor machine, or perhaps a cluster, then what can a "production 
job" do
that isn't done by running "pspp syntax1 & pspp syntax2" ?

The web page also talks about being able to run processes on remote servers, 
presumably some program/service has to be installed there - so why not just 
PSPP on the remote server and run that?

The only possible advantage I can see, is if a "production job" can somehow 
and aggregate the results of two or more parallel jobs.  But the page makes no 
mention of such an ability.

It seems that it's primary selling point is
"Production jobs are useful if you often run the same set of time-consuming 
analyses, such as weekly reports." 
But again, I don't see why you need anything special to do that. Simply write a 
syntax file to analyse the report, put it in a well know file, and set your
crontab (or equivalient under windows) to run this syntax each week.

Am I missing something?


On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 10:24:47AM -0400, Matthew Silver wrote:
     The .spj file is a production job which runs several .sps files at once. A
     more detailed explanation can be found at the link

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