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


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: some code that doesn't do what I expect
Date   Tue, 8 Mar 2005 14:08:04 -0000

In addition to several clear explanations
note [U] 21.3.10 as documentation. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Philip Greenwood
 
> 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"- ).
> 

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