Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 20:31:36 -0500
Reply-To: Raynald Levesque <rlevesque@VIDEOTRON.CA>
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From: Raynald Levesque <rlevesque@VIDEOTRON.CA>
Subject: Re: Could not recover from save
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I would like to make a few comments on your email below:
1. It is a good habit to build a syntax file each time you do something with
SPSS. Experience has shown that there is rarely such thing as a "one time
job". The odds are that you will have to re-do the job with some corrected,
increased or cleaned data file.
2. Why are you refering to 256 maximum number of fields? SPSS can handle
32,000 variables (fields). Those deletion of variables could have been done
by syntax. For instance the following deletes variables var1, var2, age and
MATCH FILES FILE=* /DROP=var1 var2 age sex.
3. If your are prone to click the save icon on the Toolbar, you could remove
that icon from the toolbar. This would force you to use the File menu (or
syntax) but would greatly reduce the odds of overwriting a file by error.
Raynald Levesque firstname.lastname@example.org
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From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 1:47 PM
Subject: Could not recover from save
Thank you to all who replied so quickly to my "Undo Save" email. Short of it
is I could not recover the previous version of the file. I could have if I
had been running Norton Registry. My problem was that I did not delete the
file, but overwrote it so Norton couldn't help. The syntax file didn't help
either because much of the alteration to the file was deleting fields (I was
at the 256 max and was trying out some recoding into different variables, so
needed the space - which I thought was OK because I would just save it under
a different file name). I'm not on Novell so that didn't work.
Anyway, my backup isn't too far off so I'm working from there. Couldn't
Microsoft figure out how to make the paste and save file buttons a little
more different? (It's got to be someone else's fault this happened.)
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