[EpiData-list] EpiC Installation Instructions--Please review if this is correct?

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Sat Dec 6 04:02:09 CST 2008


 Dear All

I begun testing how I could automate some routines (data export mainly) using EpiC. I searched around on the website for instructions on how to install and use EpiC. I am not a programmer to start of with, but in the EpiC.PDF document it states the ff : "EpiC is a utility for some of the functions and tools in EpiData. EpiC can be run from a command prompt or from a command (or batch) file, making it possible to automate repetitive tasks". So I wondered how to invoke the command prompt in Windows?? (cmd in run). I finally managed to solve this like so:
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11:41 AM 12/6/2008
EPiC installation:

1.Download the EpiC.ZIP file from Epidata.dk
2. Unzip to EpiC folder using unzip program (7-zip)
3. Open EpiC folder and find 2 files in it: EpiC.exe and EPiC.pdf
4. Copy EpiC.exe into the Windows system32 folder (you will need admin 

previlages for this):
VISTA: C:\Windows\System32
XP: C:\Windows\System32

Now in the same folder as the .REC file was created/stored, create a new 

.TXT file (call it export_epic_commands.txt). In this file write the EpiC 

commands. E.g. to automate export to SAS (see other commands in EpiC.PDF 

file):

epic e sas inputfile.rec outputfile *

Once the commands are typed into the TXT file, save it, and then rename the 

extension to CMD, like so export_epic_commands.cmd. 

This is now executable by double-clicking it. 


Once executed 3 (you will see a black screen flash a couple of time--very 

fast!) additional files will be created in the same folder where the .REC 

file was: outputfile.sas and outputfile.txt and EpiC.log (this file has all 

the commands executed and error messages--be sure to check it; compare with 

codes provided in the EpiC.PDF file)


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Please let me know if I have overlooked anything or it is not necessary to copy paste EpiC.exe in the system folder (seems odd to be be doing this, as sometimes admin previlages are not availabe?

Thanks,


S Kauchali
UKZN
South Africa

 


 





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