Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 11:49:44 -0500
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From: Melissa Ives <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Finding SPSS.jnl/ SPSS log
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In SPSS, click on the menu item for Edit-->Options
On the General tab in the middle of the left side there is a box called
You have the option to record syntax in a journal (if this is unchecked,
you are not saving a journal file) to append to the journal each time
(gets all syntax over time but could end up with a HUGE file) or to
overwrite the journal each time you open SPSS (can miss syntax from
yesterday's runs if you haven't renamed the journal before hand).
Right below that is the file where the .jnl file is being saved,
including the full path name. (You can change this using the 'Browse'
button.) To find the journal file--go to that folder to search for it.
I always set the "Display commands in the log' option (on the 'Viewer'
tab of the options as noted in an earlier message). That way the syntax
is saved with the output and I can always recreate any variables or
From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2007 11:36 AM
Subject: [SPSSX-L] Finding SPSS.jnl/ SPSS log
Thank you all very much for your help and advice! Unfortunately, I was
unable to find any files with a .jnl ending using my search option. I
also searched for log and journal. I have SPSS 14.0- do you know if
there is another name it might be under?
Also is the journal in a format that can be opened by a windows program
like notepad? And will it have the code in a format that is similar to
syntax? Have any of you used it to retrieve recodings before?
> I'm new to SPSS and I wanted to know if there is a way that SPSS keeps
> what has been done to a variable. I know that you can paste your
> actions to Syntax and thus save a program. But does any one know how
> one might retrieve the programing of a variable is it was not
initially pasted and saved?
> Also, how do you find the "log" of your actions in SPSS?
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