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Re: PSPP-BUG: PSPP 1.2 BUG? Extra Variable/Value labels

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: PSPP-BUG: PSPP 1.2 BUG? Extra Variable/Value labels
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2019 19:43:59 +0100
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On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 05:27:06PM +0000, Brian Carson wrote:
     Thanks for reaching out. I am attaching something that shows what
     happens. Basically, I went in and removed two variables (census4
     & census9) from the top part right after Q2, but left them below
     in the value/variable label sections. If you look at the output
     log, you will see the error it creates. The data itself is all
     loaded in, but all the value/variable labels are removed from
     where those extra questions appear. The image shows the .sav not
     having any labels after the missing questions  
     In SPSS however, it just gives a warning, but continues to run
     the data with all labels still appended. 
     I cannot send the actual data because of security concerns, but
     this should be enough to explain the issues we have. 

The best suggestion I can make is to put your value/variable label
definitions into separate commands.  That is to say, don't write

 cfmc_case_id "CfMC Case ID"
 weeknum "Survey Week Number"
 dayofweek "Day of Week Completed"

instead, write

VARIABLE LABELS  cfmc_case_id "CfMC Case ID".
VARIABLE LABELS  weeknum "Survey Week Number".
VARIABLE LABELS  dayofweek "Day of Week Completed".

In this way, if one command fails due to the absence of a variable
definition, it'll not affect the other commands.


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