gzip/zcat changes file?
I am using a statistical package (Stata 7.0 for linux) that, among other
things, can read in raw data and create a database from it. I have an
ascii file of data, and the program reads the data just fine. The files
that I work with are quite large, though, so it is useful to gzip them
(in fact they come that way) and have the program call out to the shell
and have it zcat the data to a named pipe and then read it from the
pipe. When I do this, the program will read the data, but only the
first observation. Can anyone think of something that gzip/zcat would
be doing to the data to cause this behavior. For example, could it be
that gzip/zcat somehow strips the carriage returns such that the data
appear to be all on one record? I know that's not it, but perhaps
something along those lines?
I know this is not debian-specific, but I went through tech support for
this company and they said there was nothing they could do.
Brian J. Stults
Department of Sociology
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7330
phone: (352) 392-0265 x286
fax: (352) 392-6568