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st: Setting today's date in a do-file


From   "Patrick Woodburn" <patrick.woodburn@mrcuganda.org>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Setting today's date in a do-file
Date   Tue, 21 Nov 2006 15:36:58 +0300

Dear statalist,

So far, when I've wanted a do-file to treat data in a way conditional to
the date the do-file is run, I've put something like the following
towards the beginning of my do-file:

**************macro for today's date: UPDATE when repeat
do-file***************
global today "d(21nov2006)"
************************************************************************
*******

(The stars are a way of emphasising the importance of this line)

I am worried that this is prone to error, if someone forgot to change
the date or made an incorrect guesse at the date.  Is there any way to
automatically obtain today's date in Stata, and, perhaps, to incorporate
this into a global macro called today, so that I can make the simplest
modification possible?  I use Stata through a Windows environment, if
that makes any difference.

Best regards,

Patrick


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