Specification or data problem
When Facets cannot clearly understand your specifications or data, it stops with a diagnostic message such as:
Processing specifications from "SPEC.txt"
Specification is: $QUIT=YES
Error 1 in line 23: "Specification =" expected
Analyzed in time of 0: 0: 1 Output to spec.OUT.txt
Each such message has a number, "Error 1", a location "line 23", and a diagnosis, "Specification =" expected. In this case, the specification is "$QUIT=YES". Facets does not know this specification and so stops. Remove or alter the specification in your specification file, and start Facets again.
Control files with specifications like $QUIT are intended for use with Facform, those with &INST and &END are intended for use with Winsteps or Ministep.
Facets expects its input files to be in MS-DOS text file format, i.e., readable by NotePad.
Here are some possibilities:
File may not have CR+LF line breaks
The file is not in standard "text" file format. This can be reported for files created on a Mac.
Solution: Open the file with WordPad or Word. Check that the file looks correct. Then "Save as type: Text Document - MS-DOS Format"
Your control file is in RTF, not TXT format. Double-click on the file, and "Save as" "text with line breaks" or "MS-DOS format"
ÿþT I T L E =
Your control file is in Unicode, not ANSI coding. Double-click on the file, and "Save as" with "Encoding" "ANSI" or "MS-DOS format"
þÿ T I T L E =
Your control file is in Unicode Bigendian, not ANSI coding. Double-click on the file, and "Save as" with "Encoding" "ANSI" or "MS-DOS format"
Your control file is in UTF-8, not ANSI coding. Double-click on the file, and "Save as" with "Encoding" "ANSI" or "MS-DOS format"
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