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PI60955: PASTE VARIABLES ON VARIABLE VIEW NOT WORKING FOR VARIABLE NAMES WITH UNDERSCORE

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • You upgraded from IBM SPSS statistics release 19 to release
    version 24.
    In release version 19 you used to perform below steps:
    - Open release SPSS 19 without any file
    - Go to Variable View tab and create a new variable q1_1
    (numeric, 2 decimal digits),
    - Select the line on variable view, right click on q1_1 and
    select Copy
    - Select the empty row below q1_1, right click on the row and
    from context menu select Paste Variables.
    
    On the paste variables dialog set 5 as the number of new
    variables. As new variable names enter q1_ and 2 as decimal
    digits. Click OK.
     After you click OK in release 19 all is fine. You get 5 new
    variables on Variable View tab with names q1_2, q1_3. q1_4, q1_5
    and q1_6.
    
    - When you do the same in release 24.0 or 23 FP2 you cannot
    create the 5 new variables. Instead you get a warning with the
    message
    
    "Some names that end in an underscore are special variables in
    SPSS Statistics. It is inadvisable to end user variable names
    with this character."
    
    When you click OK on this dialog nothing happens.
    
    As this functionality was working in 19 it is reported to IBM
    SPSS development for review in release 24.
    It is true that variable names ending with an underscore are
    special variables in SPSS but on the example we do not want to
    create variables that ENDS with an underscore. Instead we want
    to create multiple variable names that begin with q1_ and then
    are numbered accordingly q1_2 to q1_6..
    The workaround is to insert the new variables with name q1_2 etc
    manually one  after another or use VECTOR command.
    e.g. VECTOR q1 (6).
    

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:                                              *
    * see APAR text                                                *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION:                                         *
    * This issue has been addressed in IBM SPSS Statistics 24 Fix  *
    * Pack 1. Please upgrade to this FixPack level.                *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    * This issue has been addressed in IBM SPSS Statistics 24 Fix  *
    * Pack 1. Please upgrade to this FixPack level.                *
    ****************************************************************
    

Problem conclusion

  • This issue has been addressed in IBM SPSS Statistics 24 Fix Pack
    1. Please upgrade to this FixPack level.
    

Temporary fix

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APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PI60955

  • Reported component name

    SPSS STATISTICS

  • Reported component ID

    5725A54ST

  • Reported release

    O00

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt / Xsystem

  • Submitted date

    2016-04-18

  • Closed date

    2016-09-27

  • Last modified date

    2016-09-27

  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    SPSS STATISTICS

  • Fixed component ID

    5725A54ST

Applicable component levels

  • RO00 PSN

       UP

  • RO00 PSY

       UP

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Document Information

Modified date:
27 September 2016