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Re: st: RE: quotes in macros


From   Keith Dear <keith.dear@anu.edu.au>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: quotes in macros
Date   Wed, 26 Jul 2006 09:10:46 +1000

Thanks Maarten, that works well.
Keith

At 06:13 PM 25/7/06, you wrote:
Keith:
You can change the command delimiter to ; by -#delim ;- and after the global command back to enter again with -#delim cr-. So your command would become:

#delim ;
glo list `""rather long filename one" "rather long filename two"
"ridiculously long filename three which takes a whole line"
(etc etc)
"' ;
#delim cr

HTH,
Maarten

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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]On Behalf Of Keith Dear
Sent: dinsdag 25 juli 2006 7:16
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: st: quotes in macros

I need to create a global macro containing several filenames, each of
which contains a space. This is ok for a short list of short names:

glo list `""file one" "file two" "file three""'

but what I really want is

glo list `""rather long filename one" "rather long filename two" ///
"ridiculously long filename three which takes a whole line" ///
(etc etc) ///
"'

This generates a syntax error, I suppose because quoted strings can't
be split over lines.


Note that in a do-file, the following DOES work:

glo list first_filename_with_no_spaces ///
"after the first, quotes strings with spaces are ok" ///
"file three" "file four"

The problem comes only if the first name needs quoting. So a clumsy
workaround is:

glo list null "file one" ///
etc

foreach file of any $list {
if "`file'"=="null" continue
...
}

But who wants that?
kd

(using Stata 9.2, Win-XP)














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