Resolving "Error: Failed to generate xtab from specification file" in Spectrum Miner if -output not specified to qsxt

Product Feature: Data Build Utilities

 

Issue

A misleading error of the form:

"Error: Failed to generate xtab from specification file"

is generated if no '-output' parameter is specified to the qsxt data build command (DBC).

Cause

The 'qsxt' data build command is used to generate an XML crosstab by applying a crosstab specification to a focus.

If the qsxt command is run without specifying '–output' (which is meant to be an optional argument), for example:

C:\Data>qsxt -focus DirectBankUSA.ftr -spec DBUSA_mean_RolloutResponse_Age_Gender_1.qstv

The following error is generated:
*** Error: Failed to generate xtab from specification file 'DBUSA_mean_RolloutResponse_Age_Gender_1.qstv'


If the command is run with a '-output' option:

C:\Data>qsxt -focus DirectBankUSA.ftr -spec DBUSA_mean_RolloutResponse_Age_Gender_1.qstv -output foo.qstv

it completes successfully.



 

Resolution

UPDATED: September 4, 2017
Ensure a '-output filename' is supplied to the qsxt data build command.