Re: [R] read.dta for files from stata 9.0

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 16:39:10 +0000 (GMT)

On Tue, 18 Mar 2008, Stefan Grosse wrote:

> On Tuesday 18 March 2008 03:33:02 pm K. Elo wrote:
> KE> Seems quite obvious to me: "not a stata version 5-8" means, that the 9.0
> KE> version is not supported. So You should save the file in stata ver. 8
> KE> format and then give a new try.
> KE>
> KE> Hope this helps,
> No. I have stata 9.2 and the data import works very well. So I doubt that it
> is "not supported". If you check the help you will see hints that 9 works.
> Albrecht, how do your data look like and what is the exact use of your
> read.dta?

Did you check the sources? The source for read.dta explicitly checks for VERSION_5 ... VERSION_8 and otherwise says

"not a Stata version 5-8 .dta file"

so at least as far as file formats are concerned, 'K. Elo' was quite correct.

According to, Stata now writes in 'format-114'. read.dta expects only versions 113, 111 and earlier. There is very little difference between formats 113 and 114, so it should be easy to modify read.dta to cope.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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