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Re: PSPP-BUG: File opening issues

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: PSPP-BUG: File opening issues
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2011 09:26:34 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

Thanks for the bug report.   

There seems to be several issues here.

On Mon, Nov 07, 2011 at 02:34:04PM -0500, Renan Levine wrote:

> .sps files do not show PSPP icon and do not run after double-clicking  
> from Windows Finder.
> Error message: .62: error: 'J:____\name.sps' is not a system or portal file.

I don't think that syntax files were ever intended to be opened like that.
Perhaps this feature should be added.

> When opening files from PSPPIRE:
> 1) .sav and .por files are not visible when the default option "Data and  
> Syntax Files" is selected. Syntax (.sps) files are visible and can be  
> opened without problems. Changing the "Data and Syntax Files" option to  
> "All Files" makes .sav and .por files visible and no problems were  
> experienced when opening them.

This indicates that the system doesn't recognise the "application/x-spss-sav" 
the "application/x-spss-por" mime types.  I have no idea how to configure that
on windows.  Probably a registry setting.  But whatever has to be done, I 
the installer ought to do it.  Presumably if SPSS has previously been installed
on the machine, then it is already done.

> 2) The following error message appears when entering directories with  
> data and syntax files. Permission is not actually denied because all  
> files can be opened by changing to "All Files" option.
> error: An error occurred while opening `J:\POL242-DATA\Afghani Opinion':  
> Permission denied.

I can only presume this is a Windows vs. Gtk+ problem.  The file chooser must
be trying to do something to the directory.  Perhaps we should try a later Gtk 
version.  Anyway, it's annoying, but not fatal.

> 3) Using a "Get file=" command from a syntax window does open a .sps  
> file (when opening failed from Finder) BUT the dataset did not appear in  
> the PSPPire Data Editor.

I'm confused by this point.  GET FILE should only work on .sav (and .por) files.
I would not expect it to do anything sensible on any other type of file.  If the
dataset did not appear, then what do you mean when you say that it "does open" 

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