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st: RE: RE: RE: concatenating macros
The issue is documented at [U] 21.3.10.
> I find backslashes in path names cause no end of trouble in
> Stata. Whenever dealing with filenames, my first action is always
> local pathvar: subinstr local pathvar "\\" "/", all
> The problem is backslashes can have special meanings when
> Stata tries to parse the line--they don't always get read as
> literal backslashes. In particular, I suspect in your
> example the backslash is getting read as a modifier on the
> quotation mark.
> Sorry, the change in macro longname construction should have read:
> .local longname "`pathvar'`filename'"
> Note the quotes around the concatenation.
> The problem is that the final \ gets dropped from the path.
> .di "`pathvar'"
> Oddly, the initial macro seems to store this correctly
> Changing the longname macro construction to...
> .local longname `pathvar'`filename'
> .di "`longname'"
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