Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1996 12:38:11 -0500
Reply-To: Rick Oliver <richard@SPSS.COM>
Sender: "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: Rick Oliver <richard@SPSS.COM>
Organization: SPSS Inc.
Subject: Re: Is "sysfile info"-->data file possible?
Ralph Brands wrote:
> We've been sent what looks like a SPSS-PC output file (suffix .se2?)
> which appears to be the output of a command like
> "sysfile info filename"
> The contents look like the output of a "display dictionary" command ie a
> list of variable names with format value labels for each variable.
> Is there some way given this file alone to construct a data file with
> these variable names, formats etc. We're using SPSS-Windows here. Many
> SYSFILE INFO is very similar to DISPLAY DICTIONARY, except it works on
an external data file (a file other than the current working data file).
You could probably use the resulting output to construct a series of
data definition commands -- but you wouldn't have the actual data from
the source data file.