Hi Allin Cottrell!, so... it seems the main developers of Gretl are also answering the users, which is so kind on your side... yesterday it was Riccardo and Sven.
I've tried to install the new 2019 version I downloaded of Gretl from links on your web page, but I'm in UBUNTU and instead, it reinstsalled the 2016 version I had... is there a way to install it in Ubuntu, maybe it has rejected this new version becouse some issue with dependences... anyway I've then downloaded the Windows version but I don't like Windows anymore and it's a pitty Ubuntu is so rigid and doesn't actualice their repositories...
It would a very interesting feature if Gretl had a function to extract the text from any particular cell in worksheets, identified by the number of row and column of the cell (and of the sheet); this way, one could, using loops, read all the cells and ubicate the contents wherever they are needed (labels, names, values...).
I also would appreciate if you cold be more specific when you say "Then gretl's text processing
facilities could be brought to bear on data files that contain descriptive labels as well as series names", as I¡m revising the manual but I don't find what function will let me do so, which sounds very convenient.
Thanks a lot for the help!
Sent: Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 8:53 AM
From: "Allin Cottrell" <cottrell@wfu.edu>
To: "Gretl development" <gretl-devel@gretlml.univpm.it>
Subject: [Gretl-devel] Re: New feature
On Sat, 25 May 2019, Sven Schreiber wrote:

> Am 25.05.2019 um 18:14 schrieb "Daniel Marín":
>> What I want is to import data from Excel files, LibreOffice files, and
>> be able to specify the row in the Excel worksheet where the names of the
>> variables are, and the row where the descriptive labels are [...]

> Right now I'm not sure what the limit for labels is. Apparently you have
> run into space constraints?

In current gretl there's no limit on the length of the descriptive
label for a series. We made this change a couple of months (?) ago, in
the first instance to accommodate long descriptions coming from

(There is of course a limit of 31 bytes on names of variables, and
that's not going to change.)

Daniel might want to consider batch conversion of Excel or ODS files
to CSV using soffice or gnumeric. Then gretl's text processing
facilities could be brought to bear on data files that contain
descriptive labels as well as series names.

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