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Re: PSPP-BUG: PSPP 1.2.0 - A few bugs in the document facility

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: PSPP-BUG: PSPP 1.2.0 - A few bugs in the document facility
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:13:51 -0800
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

On Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 09:11:14AM +0000, Nolan Void wrote:
> Bug description:
> The "document" facility is a bit of a mess.


Thanks for bug report!  I understand what you're reporting in what I
omitted above.  I can probably find time to fix these things, one way or
another, this week or over the weekend.

> Finally, I don't know as this is a bug, per se, but I notice that
> the 80-byte line restriction on document text doesn't seem to exist
> in SPSS, as of Version 25.0.0. Is there some reason for hanging on
> to this limitation in PSPP?

That surprises me.  The reason that PSPP (and older versions of SPSS)
have an 80-character limit is that the .sav file format has an
80-character limit.  Suppose that you create a document in SPSS that
exceeds the limit.  What happens if you think save to a .sav file, close
it, and reopen it?  Maybe there is a new format for documents that
supports wide documents, or maybe SPSS just wraps the long lines to
multiple lines.  I'd like to know, so that I can make PSPP do the same

> PSPP is very nice. It represents a tremendous amount of work, and I
> hate to whine about trivia. But, well, whining about trivia is
> pretty much what most bug reporting involves, LOL. In any case,
> thanks for the great software!

I don't mind it when people point out problems, even if they are small
problems.  (I do mind when people act angry over them!  I do have
feelings.)  Please continue to report bugs as you notice them.

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