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st: RE: RE: Access datasets created by date

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Subject   st: RE: RE: Access datasets created by date
Date   Fri, 1 Apr 2005 10:51:12 -0500


    I'm using Windows 2000. Can something be done before exploring to
scripting language?


-----Original Message-----
From: Nick Cox [] 
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 10:17 AM
Subject: st: RE: Access datasets created by date

I don't know an easy way to do this 
from within Stata. 

The details depending on what OS you are using, you could route
the results of a -dir- or -ls- to a file and process that. 

It may well be easier to you to write a script in your favourite 
scripting language (Perl, Python, Awk, whatever) to ensure that 
files are renamed so that the names show dates more transparently, 
and then to read into Stata files satisfying a given pattern. 
Naturally, your set-up may prohibit that. 

Alternatively, you could write something to 
work out the difference between the files
there now and last time you looked. 


>     I have a list of text files in a folder which becomes available
> daily. I would like to access these daily files by date in my program.
> Is it possible in stata to identify the datasets created by date? My
> dataset are named like the following:
> Name				Date Modified
> PARCEL.G1911V00		03/29/05
> PARCEL.G1921V00		03/29/05
> PARCEL.G1914V00		03/30/05
> and so on.
> In my program, I would only like to capture PARCEL.G1911V00 and
> PARCEL.G1921V00 since they are created on the same date (03/29/05) and
> ignore PARCEL.G1914V00 which I would like to capture on 
> 03/30/05's run.

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