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Backwards compatibility of v23 files?

Mike Donatello

How backwards-compatible is the v23 file format? Specifically, can I read a native v23 file with a v14 install? If not, what would be the best way to translate between the two so that I don’t lose information like variable formatting and labels, value labels, etc? I want to keep any reconstruction work to a minimum.

 

Thanks.

 

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Re: Backwards compatibility of v23 files?

John F Hall

Which version are your files in?  Which version are you running?  Can you open the files?

 

I have files dating back to SPSS11, but I can still open the syntax and saved files with 23.  There are Legacy options for older files.

 

The gurus in USA will give specific advice, but if yopu can open the files you could try

 

Data >> Copy Data Set to open Untitled.sps then File >> Save As

 

 

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From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:[hidden email]] On Behalf Of Mike Donatello
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Subject: Backwards compatibility of v23 files?

 

How backwards-compatible is the v23 file format? Specifically, can I read a native v23 file with a v14 install? If not, what would be the best way to translate between the two so that I don’t lose information like variable formatting and labels, value labels, etc? I want to keep any reconstruction work to a minimum.

 

Thanks.

 

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Re: Backwards compatibility of v23 files?

Mike Donatello

Thanks, John.

 

Data are in v23 (which I run at the office), but I will need to open in v14 (which I run at home). I’ll give that procedure a shot.

 

MD

 

 

From: John F Hall [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2016 7:00 AM
To: 'Mike Donatello'; [hidden email]
Subject: RE: Backwards compatibility of v23 files?

 

Which version are your files in?  Which version are you running?  Can you open the files?

 

I have files dating back to SPSS11, but I can still open the syntax and saved files with 23.  There are Legacy options for older files.

 

The gurus in USA will give specific advice, but if yopu can open the files you could try

 

Data >> Copy Data Set to open Untitled.sps then File >> Save As

 

 

John F Hall (Mr)

[Retired academic survey researcher]

 

Email:   [hidden email] 

Website: www.surveyresearch.weebly.com

SPSS start page:  www.surveyresearch.weebly.com/1-survey-analysis-workshop

 

 

 

From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [[hidden email]] On Behalf Of Mike Donatello
Sent: 13 May 2016 12:32
To: [hidden email]
Subject: Backwards compatibility of v23 files?

 

How backwards-compatible is the v23 file format? Specifically, can I read a native v23 file with a v14 install? If not, what would be the best way to translate between the two so that I don’t lose information like variable formatting and labels, value labels, etc? I want to keep any reconstruction work to a minimum.

 

Thanks.

 

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Mike Donatello, PhD
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Re: Backwards compatibility of v23 files?

Bruce Weaver
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From the (version 23) FM entry for SAVE:

SAVE OUTFILE=’filespec’
 [/VERSION={3**}]
                   {2 }
etc.

VERSION allows you to save a data file that can be opened in releases prior to 7.5. If VERSION is not
specified or is specified with no value, the default of 3 is used, which saves the file in a format that
cannot be read by releases prior to 7.5. Specify 2 to save a file that is compatible with earlier releases.


John F Hall wrote
Which version are your files in?  Which version are you running?  Can you
open the files?
 
I have files dating back to SPSS11, but I can still open the syntax and
saved files with 23.  There are Legacy options for older files.
 
The gurus in USA will give specific advice, but if yopu can open the files
you could try
 
Data >> Copy Data Set to open Untitled.sps then File >> Save As
 
 
John F Hall (Mr)
[Retired academic survey researcher]
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Re: Backwards compatibility of v23 files?

Jon Peck
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V14 should read V23 sav files fine, but there are a few caveats.
- If the file is in Unicode, V14 will not understand the characters.  However this only affects extended characters - plain ascii is fine.
- If you have long strings, i.e., length greater than 256, V14 will see each 256-byte segment as a separate variable.
- Some extended properties added after V14 will not be recognized by that version.

Of course, the enhanced compression format, zsav files, cannot be read by V14.

On Fri, May 13, 2016 at 4:32 AM, Mike Donatello <[hidden email]> wrote:

How backwards-compatible is the v23 file format? Specifically, can I read a native v23 file with a v14 install? If not, what would be the best way to translate between the two so that I don’t lose information like variable formatting and labels, value labels, etc? I want to keep any reconstruction work to a minimum.

 

Thanks.

 

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