Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 16:54:31 -0500
Reply-To: Dave Bott <david.m.bott@DARTMOUTH.EDU>
Sender: "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Dave Bott <david.m.bott@DARTMOUTH.EDU>
Organization: Dartmouth College
Subject: Portable file compatibility?
I just got a rude awakening when I tried to open an SPSS portable file
created with Windows version 6.1.0 using the Macintosh version 4.0! I
got an error message stating:
15-Mar-96 SPSS Release 4.0 for Macintosh Page
-> IMPORT /FILE "Clydester:Utilities:download:CSECTION.POR".
>Error # 5735
>The "SPSSPORT" phrase was not found on the IMPORT portable file. Check that
>the correct file was used. There may be an error in the translation table on
>the portable file, or else the file does not not have the standard form of a
>200-character header followed by a 256-character translation table followed by
>This command not executed.
I thought that the portable format would be so basic that any version of
SPSS could handle it!
I tried exporting the data as an EXCEL file and then opening it with a MAC
version of EXCEL then saving it as a SYLK and as a TAB DELIMITED file.
None of these created data files that were reasonable. Note, I did see
the data in reasonable form when looking at the EXCEL file (including
variable names and formats) so I doubt it is a transfer problem. I move
files (via diskette) between the Mac and Windows machine all the time
without problem. I'm running System 7.5.1
There are only 70 vars and 80 cases!
The reason I want to bring them to the Mac version, is it is a
site-licensed version for Dartmouth College that has the professional
statistics module. I want to test the reliability of a set of scales
(Chronbach) and I do not have that module in the Windows 6.1.0 version of
Without retyping the entire data set, is there any other suggestion you
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