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st: Problem with extended macro function ": word # of ..."


From   "Jann Ben" <ben.jann@soz.gess.ethz.ch>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Problem with extended macro function ": word # of ..."
Date   Wed, 16 Nov 2005 22:49:18 +0100

Hi, it seems that the extended macro function ": word # of ..." 
truncates long words. For example:

  . local s
  . forv i=1/1000 {
    2.         local s "`s's"
    3. }
  . local w: word 1 of `s'
  . di `:length local w'
  503

The length of w should be 1000, not 503.

I am using Stata/SE 9.1 and the maximum number of characters 
in a macro is 1,081,511. I therefore think the maximum number 
of characters in a macro returned by ": word # of ..." should 
also be 1,081,511. Or am I missing something here?

ben




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