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st: problem with do file stopping prematurely

From   "Christopher W. Ryan" <>
To   Statalist <>
Subject   st: problem with do file stopping prematurely
Date   Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:23:20 -0500

I composed the following do file in Crimson editor:

*reverse code the appropriate items in pms
vreverse pms3, gen(pms3r)
vreverse pms5, gen(pms5r)
vreverse pms6, gen(pms6r)
vreverse pms8, gen(pms8r)
vreverse pms9, gen(pms9r)
vreverse pms11, gen(pms11r)
vreverse pms12, gen(pms12r)
vreverse pms13, gen(pms13r)
vreverse pms14, gen(pms14r)
vreverse pms22, gen(pms22r)
vreverse pms23, gen(pms23r)
vreverse pms24, gen(pms24r)
*recode appropriate items in diri
vreverse diri3, gen(diri3r)
vreverse diri4, gen(diri4r)
vreverse diri7, gen(diri7r)
vreverse diri12, gen(diri12r)
vreverse diri13, gen(diri13r)
vreverse diri14, gen(diri14r)
vreverse diri15, gen(diri15r)
vreverse diri18, gen(diri18r)
vreverse diri19, gen(diri19r)
*now summate the rating scales

gen pmsscore=pms1+pms2+pms3r+pms4+pms5r+pms6r+pms7+pms8r+pms9r+pms10+pms11r+pms12r+pms13r+pms14r+pms15+pms16+pms17+pms18+pms19+pms20+pms21+pms22r+pms23r+pms24r+pms25

gen diriscore=diri1+diri2+diri3r+diri4r+diri5+diri6+diri7r+diri8+diri9+diri10+diri11+diri12r+diri13r+diri14r+diri15r+diri16+diri17+diri18r+diri19r+diri20+diri21+diri22+diri23+diri24+diri25+diri26+diri27+diri28

The do file runs in stata as far as generating the pmsscore. Then it stops with an "end of do file" message. diriscore never gets generated.

But if I then copy and past that last command, with gen diriscore= et cetera, into the command window of stata, it works fine, generating diriscore.

A separate do file, containing just that last command, when called after the original do file is run, does nothing.

I am puzzled, as usual.

Any suggestions?

Christopher W. Ryan, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University Clinical Campus at Binghamton
and Wilson Family Practice Residency, Johnson City, NY
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