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PSPP-BUG: [bug #18692] Allow URLs in system/portable file specifications

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: PSPP-BUG: [bug #18692] Allow URLs in system/portable file specifications
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2007 23:57:38 +0000
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                 Summary: Allow URLs in system/portable file specifications
                 Project: PSPP
            Submitted by: blp
            Submitted on: Thursday 01/04/07 at 15:57
                Category: System/Portable File I/O
                Severity: 1 - Wishlist
                  Status: None
             Assigned to: None
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
                 Release: None
                  Effort: 0.00



Suggestion from Usenet:

> From: "Mike Lacy" <address@hidden>
> Newsgroups: comp.soft-sys.stat.spss
> Subject: How to read data file directly from a URL
> Date: 4 Jan 2007 14:19:05 -0800
> Organization: http://groups.google.com
> Message-ID: <address@hidden>
> Greetings old friends--- haven't posted in a while because I'm using
> SPSS less and because I've had to start using the Google groups
> interface, which annoys me.
> On topic:
> Is there any convenient way to use SPSS read a data file directly from
> a URL?  I'm thinking of something like:
> get file = "http://www.myspssdatafiles/GSS2004.sav"; .
> I suppose something like this could be implemented via OBDC, but that
> doesn't seem very easy.  At least Stata (R?) has the equivalent syntax,
> and I was hoping the same thing could be done some way in SPSS.
> Regards,
> Mike Lacy

From: Jason Stover <address@hidden>

>R can do this. It makes lab demonstrations
>very easy for students.

From: John Darrington <address@hidden>

>It would be very easy to implement, if we link with libcurl.  >Let's
>add it as a feature which get's automatically compiled in if >autoconf
>detects that libcurl is available.


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