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st: foreach and globals and {.}

From   "Hans J. Baumgartner" <>
Subject   st: foreach and globals and {.}
Date   Mon, 11 Apr 2005 11:55:38 +0200

Dear statalist,

has anybody an idea how to solve the following problem?

foreach x in ${out_`year’} {
do something

That is: I have several globals and I need the braces to tell Stata that the local `year’ actually belongs to the global name.

Now I would like to run a loop over all elements in the global ${out_`year’}.

But the foreach command gets puzzled with the braces around the global, since it thinks that this means to start the loop. And this returns an error that a code follows on the same line as open braces.

How can I separate these braces?


Hans J. Baumgartner DIW Berlin
German Institute for Economic Research
Dept. Public Economics
Königin-Luise-Str. 5; 14195 Berlin; Germany
Tel.: +49/30/89789-307
Fax.: +49/30/89789-114

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