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st: RE: Outputting formatted data to file

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: Outputting formatted data to file
Date   Mon, 9 Oct 2006 10:49:53 +0100

I can't see what the problem is here. -macval()- 
is mentioned, but admittedly not explained, in 
the help for -macro-, from which the trail
leads directly to [P] macro. But I don't sense that 
it is relevant to your project as glimpsed here. 
-macval()- inhibits expansion of macros; it is 
useful when you want to echo typed commands 
exactly, but hardly otherwise. 

I have never had to try binary output to get
formatting. On the face of it formatting leads
to syntax like that here. Why do you call it extremely 


Steffen Hokland
> I'm trying to output some results to a file in formatted style.
> However, it seems the only way to do this straight away is to use  
> binary in stead of ascii. My working but extreemly unaesthetical  
> solution has been this:
> for strings:
> file write slope_values %20s (trim("Intercept +OXi"))
> for scalars:
> file write slope_values %20.3f (real(string(`intercept_wOXi')))
> There has to be a better way. I've been able to dig up something  
> about a function called 'macval()', but I haven't been able to find  
> anything about it in the help files (search and help doesn't turn up  
> anything).

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