AW: [EpiData-list] chk file size

epidata-list at epidata-list at
Fri Jan 19 13:27:36 CST 2007

In my experience the .chk files do get truncated at 64 kb when used with the .qes file, even when it was larger. My work-around is in my opinion not very elegant but it works: I split up the .qes and .chk files in two and have them linked by RELATE. 

Henriette Jansen

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Subject: Re: AW: [EpiData-list] chk file size

My understanding from Jens is that the limitation had to do with using the internal editor.  My .chk files often are a good deal longer than 64kb and I don't use the internal editor.  But as always, testing is always the best advice.


epidata-list at wrote: I think there is an issue whether EpiData , once it applies the *.chk file, truncates the *.chk file at 64Kb even if it was larger (because it was written in an other editor ).
I am unsure whether it truncates or not. 
You should test it before relying on writing a longer one.

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Betreff: RE: [EpiData-list] chk file size

CHK files can be edited with any text editor, provided the syntax is respected.
I'm using metapad (freeware, can be download at It's small and very powerful.

Gilles Delmas 

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I have encountered a problem with the size of my check file.  I need to exceed the limit of 64Kb to include all the checks I want.  Is there a way to get around this limitation?  The manual says that "File size for CHK or QES files cannot exceed 64Kb in size if you work in the editor with that file."  Is there another place to work in other then the editor?  Any help is appreciated!

Cate McNamee

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