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st: some code that doesn't do what I expect


From   Philip Greenwood <philip.greenwood@mcri.edu.au>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: some code that doesn't do what I expect
Date   Tue, 08 Mar 2005 16:54:32 +1100

I ran a do file that did something that I did not expect it do. Perhaps
someone would like to try to reproduce this behaviour, or point out my
mistake. I'm running Stata 8.2 on WinXP. Here's the log:

*--snip--

. do "test01"

. version 8

. use "data\sndata.dta"

. local foo "a_great_big_fish"

. save "data\`foo'.dta"
file data`foo'.dta saved

.
end of do-file

*--snip--

I expected `foo' to evaluate to "a_great_big_fish" in the save command.
Using a double slash fixes the problem ( i.e. -save "data\\`foo'.dta"- ).

cheers,
Phil



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