[Gretl-users] CSV and decimal point character

Riccardo (Jack) Lucchetti r.lucchetti at univpm.it
Sun Nov 27 00:54:15 EST 2011

On Sat, 26 Nov 2011, Allin Cottrell wrote:

> On the principle that what you can do via the gretl GUI you should also be 
> able to do via the gretl command line, here's what is now
> available in CVS:
> <hansl>
> set csv_decimal_comma
> store teste.csv
> </hansl>
> This will save a "CSV" file in which the decimal character is ',' (and the 
> column separator is forced to ';').
> However, I'm mostly in agreement with those who don't like use of anything 
> other than '.' as the decimal character (except for display purposes) so let 
> me hasten to add:
> * The default is still to use '.' when saving data, even if the locale 
> decimal character is ',' and the user has elected to use this character in 
> display of gretl output.
> * The new "set" command illustrated above is unusual in that it is not 
> persistent (this is documented in CVS, not yet in the snapshots). That is, 
> "set csv_decimal_comma" applies only to the next "store" command. If you want 
> to save several files using the decimal comma you must issue the relevant 
> "set" command each time. In other words, the decimal comma never becomes the 
> default for saving data, even within a gretl script or session.

FWIW, I applaud your decision.

Riccardo (Jack) Lucchetti
Dipartimento di Economia
Università Politecnica delle Marche

r.lucchetti at univpm.it

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