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SPSS "Invalid Path" Messages

Q:  Why am I getting "invalid path" messages when I try to create graphs using SPSS on the research servers?

A:  That's because SPSS is trying to direct its temporary work files (".tmp" files that the user never sees) to a location for which you don't have write access.  Here's what you do to fix that:

From within SPSS on a computing server:

  • Go to Edit→Options→ and select the "general" tab.
  • Type in "u:\" in the "Temporary Directory" box and press the "OK" button.
  • Answer "yes" when you get the message: "Directory does not exist, Create a new one?"
  • Then proceed with your SPSS work.  You should be able to create graphs with no problem.