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Re: naming data sets

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: naming data sets
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 07:16:50 -0800
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John Darrington <address@hidden> writes:

> On Tue, Jan 24, 2006 at 11:13:00PM -0800, Ben Pfaff wrote:
>      > Here's what I'd add to the PSPP language:
>      >
>      >         * Some extra syntax on FILE HANDLE for declaring
>      >           temporary file handles (MODE=TEMPORARY perhaps).
>      I dropped this.  There is no need to declare a temporary file
>      handle in advance.  Instead, any file handle with a name that
>      begins with $ is a temporary file handle.
> That makes sense iff the current spss language prohibits file handles
> which begin with $ --- I don't know if that is the case.

I haven't checked yet, but the manual I have here says "File
handles must conform to SPSS variable naming rules."  User
variable names aren't allowed to start with $ so I was making the
same assumption for file handles.
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