Sorry, Allin, more work for you.
When I opened excel file downloaded from FRED called usrec.xls
window opened asking import from c1 r1, so I clicked OK,
This is repeatable.
I found out that the reason for crash has to do with the headers from the FRED file that
had a lot of information before the real data starts on row 11.
After deleting the first 10 rows, if I save the file
1. in csv format, it will be OK. The dates are ok too.
2. in xlsx format, it will not crash, but the dates were not read-in. I had to set the
3. In xls format, I get this message:
Expected numeric data, found string:
"1854-12-01" at row 2, column 1
Perhaps you need to adjust the starting column or row?
So, it shouldn’t crash just because I imported the wrong kind of data.
Furthermore, there is some kind of inconsistency between the different file format when
gretl deciding on the date value.
Thanks in advance for all your work.
Attached is the crash report.