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From   "FEIVESON, ALAN H. (AL) (JSC-SK) (NASA)" <alan.h.feiveson@nasa.gov>
To   "statalist (E-mail)" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: I'll never understand quotes
Date   Tue, 17 Jun 2003 16:09:26 -0500

Hello - could someone please explain why statement #3 below fails if I put
double quotes around `sdir', but statement #2 needs to have double quotes?

1.	args gog sdir
2.	gen str5 sdir = "`sdir'" 
3.	save gait_`gog'_`sdir', replace   (works)
3.	save gait_`gog'_"`sdir'", replace   (fails)

Thanks

Al Feiveson







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