Thanks Jochen.

Yes, now I notice it too. I think -outsheet- with -char(" ")- option produces columns separated by more than one space when we have blank column. Now a new problem arises here, a blank column formatted as a string of length, say 5, still appears as only one space instead of 5. Do I need to manually set the blank columns to be equal to " "?

I will try -outfile- using the -comma- option and see how that goes. Thanks again,

-Prash.

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I just tried using -outsheet- with the -char(" ")- option, however, this produces in some cases data field separated by more than one space, too. I have no solution to your problem, but maybe it would be a good workaround to -outfile- your data using the -comma- option. Having done so, open the new file with an editor of your choice, replace every instance of repeated commas (e.g. ",,,,,") by one single space first and then replace the remaining instance of only one comma with one space, too.

Hope this helps,

Jochen

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-help outsheet- says to try the option delimiter("char")

e.g.,

outsheet using "filename.txt", delimiter(" ")

On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 9:19 AM, Prashant Shukla

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> Hi All,

>

> I am using -outsheet- to transfer data as txt files. The file needs to

> be loaded into a system which requires only one space between the

> columns. This is because the files need to be fixed with and when they

> are tab separated, they have multiple spaces between the columns. So the

> file ends up not being the width we want and all the columns after the

> first one do not have the required start and end positions.

>

> -------------------------------------

>

> For instance, what I have is:

>

> 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005

>

> What I need is:

>

> 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005

> -------------------------------------

>

> Is there a way to define a tab as being one space? Or, is there another

> way to accomplish this goal of one space between columns in a txt files

> with Stata or Stat/Transfer(I have that too)?

>

> Thanks so much everyone,

>

> -Prash.

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