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st: Preventing expansion of variable name with -confirm-


From   "Alex Ogan" <aogan@ArrowstreetCapital.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Preventing expansion of variable name with -confirm-
Date   Fri, 7 Jul 2006 10:52:04 -0400

How can I prevent Stata from expanding an argument varlist?  This is the
context:

. clear

. gen abc = .

. confirm variable b
variable b not found
r(111);

. confirm variable abc

. confirm variable a

I want -confirm variable a- to have a non-zero return code, because the
variable name is not exactly "a".

Thanks,
Alex

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