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st: how to avoid absolute path names in do-files?
I have a question on how to organise my Stata files in such a way that I
can change the directory structure, or copy everything to a new place,
while double-clicking a do-file to run it still works. I am under
Windows XP, Stata 8.2.
Suppose a do-file in directory project dir\analysis\analysis1 contains
capture log close
log using "D:\project dir\analysis\analysis1\analysis1X.log", replace
use "D:\project dir\data\data3\somedata.dta"
Now I want to be as flexible as possible and avoid absolute path names
at all. Since I have so many do-files (around 70), I am looking for a
solution where the path info is stored only in one place, and I use
references to this in my do-files, so that the above becomes
log using "<analysis path>\analysis1\analysis1X.log", replace
use "<data path>\data3\somedata.dta"
Preferably, the path info is stored somewhere in the project directory
itself, under the top level directory. If I decided to have "project
dir\old version\data\..." in a few months, I'd just have to change
"project dir\pathinfo" to adjust the paths.
I know about global variables, but my problem is that I don't know how
to define them from within the project directory, such that
double-clicking a do-file works.
Any ideas on how to accomplish this?
Thanks a lot,
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