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Date:   Mon, 13 Feb 2006 17:08:51 -0500
Reply-To:   Siraj Ur-rehman <>
Sender:   "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:   Siraj Ur-rehman <>
Subject:   Re: ODBC connection string-- Macro
Content-Type:   text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

Try to use INCLUDE FILE instead of INSERT FILE.

-----Original Message----- From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Marks, Jim Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 5:01 PM To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: ODBC connection string-- Macro

I am trying to implement a macro to carry ODBC connection information across different syntax files. The macro has this form:

DEFINE !conn () "DSN=validdb;UID=validname;PWD=encryptedchars" !ENDDEFINE.

and is stored in the file c:\connect_string.sps .

I tried this sequence:

INSERT FILE = 'c:\connect_string.sps'.


The macro expansion appears correct-- it generates the entire string with a single apostrophe on each side. However, the syntax produces two errors:

>Error. Command name: GET DATA >No backslash ("\") prior to the SQL token was found This command not >executed.

>Error # 1. Command name: /SQL >The first word in the line is not recognized as an SPSS command. >This command not executed.

The connection string appears to be ending the GET DATA command command. "/SQL" is read as a separate command

I know the connection string and data base contents are good. If I copy the connection string into the GET DATA command (with double or single apostrophes) the syntax works as expected.

Any ideas? (I tried the / UNENCRYPTED subcommand, and that didn't work.)



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