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Re: PSPP-BUG: Error Opening SPSS .sav File

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: PSPP-BUG: Error Opening SPSS .sav File
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2011 06:30:23 +0000
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On Fri, Oct 07, 2011 at 02:38:13PM -0400, Andy Choens wrote:

     AFAIK, PSPP and R share the same underlying system for importing SPSS 
     This appears to be born out in the fact that opening a .sav file produced 
     SPSS 20 produces the same warning in both systems. PSPP additionally 
     that I send the file to this address, which is the purpose of this email.

I don't think we've encountered any SPSSv20 files before, so thanks for passing 

     The .sav file appears to import accurately, but produces the following 
     / error:
     PSPP warning: "/home/andy/Documents/test.sav" near offset 0x148: File 
     unexpected value -1.79769e+308 as LOWEST.
     PSPP warning: "/home/andy/Documents/test.sav" near offset 0x164: Invalid 
     variable display parameters for variable 0 (DUMB).  Default parameters 
     PSPP warning: "/home/andy/Documents/test.sav" near offset 0x1c7: 
     record type 7, subtype 18.  Please send a copy of this file, and the 
     which created it to address@hidden
     I am running PSPP 0.6.2, which I realize is not the newest version, but I 
     doubt much has changed here, since R throws a nearly identical error:

R uses some code from a very early version of PSPP to read SPSS files.  If you 
upgrade to a more recent PSPP, then you won't get the warnings about 
record types, but the others will still be there (until we fix them).
     Warning messages:
     1: In read.spss("test.sav") :
       test.sav: File-indicated value is different from internal value for at 
     one of the three system values.  SYSMIS: indicated -1.79769e+308, expected 
     -1.79769e+308; HIGHEST: 1.79769e+308, 1.79769e+308; LOWEST: -1.79769e+308, 
     2: In read.spss("test.sav") :
       test.sav: Unrecognized record type 7, subtype 18 encountered in system 
     The file in question is attached. Let me know if there is any way I can be 
     further assistance.

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