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Re: st: RE: RE: Access datasets created by date

From   Roger Newson <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: RE: Access datasets created by date
Date   Fri, 01 Apr 2005 17:44:01 +0100

You could start by using the -shell- command in Stata to call a DOS DIR command and route the output to a file, as in

shell "dir /-d > trash1.txt"

and then read -trash1.txt- into a Stata string variable using my -intext- command, downloadable from SSC. You can then use existing Stata facilities, such as the official Stata -split- command and the -strdate- utility (downloadable from SSC), to do further processing within Stata.

I hope this helps.


At 16:51 01/04/2005, Mitra Pinaki wrote:


    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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