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Re: PSPP help

From: Alan Mead
Subject: Re: PSPP help
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:23:01 -0600
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When you when say:

I try to save the data file under 'PSPP' it comes up with an error message saying 'permission denied'

that sounds like you are trying to save the files under c:\program files\pspp and that isn't a good place to save files and Windows will prevent you from doing so unless you are an administrator.  Try saving in your "My Documents" folder.

But the other possibility is that this is a bug that the developers have been working on. I'm sorry I don't recall what work-around exists, but hopefully one of them will reply. I think the bug was related to having either spaces or non-ASCII characters in the path and so you might try saving in a place that doesn't have those problems (e.g., "c:\pspp_files" which you would need to have administrator's rights, or possible to a thumb drive mounted as "E:\").

About the folders not being seen, I don't know how the Windows version of PSPP picks up folders but I have the same problem.  There is a slightly awkward work-around (maybe someone can supply a better one).  On my version of PSPP I have a choice on the left sidebar of the "Open" dialog called "Enter Location" which can open any location.  So, you just need to enter the location for One Drive. Here's my shortcut for figuring out what the destination is:  I go to Windows explorer (i.e., the way you normally look at files in Windows) and open the drive so I can see the files.  Then I click in the address bar at the top. Before I click into the bar, it says something like "(folder icon) > amead >     Google Drive" but after you click there, the location (e.g., "C:\Users\amead\Google Drive") is displayed and can be copied-and-pasted it into the "Enter Location" field in PSPP. In this way, I can open my Google Drive, even though it's not shown initially.

These steps work in Windows 7, I assume something like this is possible in the desktop mode of Windows 8 and 10.  If not, you could try "C:\Users" into "Enter Location" and then double-click on your username and all your special drives should be shown.

BTW, I'm using 0.9.0-g3a3d58 and it works fine but I would generally try the latest version because they tend to have the latest bug fixes, which are often annoyances Windows users encounter (because they get the latest development versions).

I hope this helps.


On 2/23/2016 8:44 AM, Claire de Koker wrote:
Hi there

I am struggling to start using PSPP and had a couple of questions which the manual and the FAQ online have not been able to answer.

I initially downloaded the latest version (I think from 29-01-2016) and subsequently uninstalled and then installed an earlier version, from Nov 2015 (0.85).

My biggest difficulty is that I cannot save a data file anywhere. When I click on save as, a window opens with the different folders available. (1) I can't see all folders e.g. our Onedrive or personal folders. (2) when I try to save the data file under 'PSPP' it comes up with an error message saying 'permission denied' or something similar. (3) I cant create a folder either as it also comes up with a message saying 'permission denied' or something similar.

Are you able to help?

Many thanks

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