Exactly which syntax from SPSStools.net are you using? Does your .sav file include filenames? If yes, then you could merge the creation date and time as well as the file sizes into your .sav file with a match files command from an external table including this information. But where do we get such a table? I thought SYSFILE INFO within OMS would do the trick here but it seems to work only on .sav files, not .txt. However, the HOST command below seems to work (for me at least). I pasted the GET DATA command from the GUI with tabs and spaces as delimiters. Well, maybe it's not as nice as the Python solution but I hope you'll find it useful.
Ruben van den Berg
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* OMS.OMS /SELECT ALL /IF COMMANDS = ["Host"] /DESTINATION FORMAT = TABTEXT OUTFILE = "textfiles.txt" /TAG = "textfiles".
host command=['dir c:\temp\*.txt'].
GET DATA /TYPE = TXT /FILE = 'C:\Temp\textfiles.txt' /DELCASE = LINE /DELIMITERS = "\t " /ARRANGEMENT = DELIMITED /FIRSTCASE = 1 /IMPORTCASE = ALL /VARIABLES = V1 A10 V2 A12 V3 A14 V4 A20 V5 A17 V6 A5 V7 A4 V8 A5 .CACHE.EXECUTE.DATASET NAME D1 WINDOW=FRONT.
sel if ind(v2,":")>0.exe.
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> I have about 1400 small text files that need to be converted to one
> single system file (sav). I found a way to do this on the
> spsstools.net site. However, I also want to include the time stamp of
> these text files (time and date the file was created on disc) as a
> variable in the system file. Is there a way to do this in an automated
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