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Re: st: Shell


From   Neil Shephard <nshephard@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Shell
Date   Fri, 6 May 2005 19:21:00 +0100

On 5/6/05, Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote:
> I guess you need to try to fool the parser
> by, as it were, smuggling your slash through
> customs without it being spotted.
> 
> I'd try
> 
> local slash "/"
> 
> ...
> 
> ! rm ${temp}`slash'*.*
> 
> in the hope that the splitting off of
> comments precedes the interpretation of
> the local macro.
> 
Excellent, that works a treat, Stata does indeed appear to parse for
comments before assessing the contents of the macro.  Have added that
to my profile.do as a global macro so that it will always be
available....

profile.do
<snip>
global SLASH "/"
</snip>

. di "$SLASH"
/

...it works perfectly in the sample do-file as shown in the previous posts.

Many thanks Nick,

Neil

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