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st: New version of -intext- on SSC

From   "Newson, Roger B" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: New version of -intext- on SSC
Date   Wed, 21 Feb 2007 14:49:41 -0000

Thanks to Kit Baum, a new version of the -intext- package is now
available for download from SSC. In Stata, use the -ssc- command to do

The -intext- package is described as below on my website. The new
version is updated to Stata 9, and will now abort with an error message
if the user specifies a -length()- option greater than the maximum
string variable length in the sub-version, flavor and edition of Stata
currently being used. Stata 8 and 7 users can still download the old
Stata 7 version from my website by typing in Stata

net from "";

and downloading the Stata 7 version of -intext-.

Best wishes


Roger Newson
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton campus
Room 33, Emmanuel Kaye Building
1B Manresa Road
London SW3 6LR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 3381
Fax: +44 (0)20 7351 8322

Opinions expressed are those of the author, not of the institution.

package intext from

      intext: Read text files into string variables (without losing

      intext inputs an arbitrary text file into a set of generated
string variables
      in the memory, generating as many string variables as is necessary
to store
      the longest text records in full, without trimming leading and
      blanks (as infix does). tfconcat concatenates a list of text files
      losing blanks) to create a new data set in memory, overwriting any
      pre-existing data. The new data set contains one observation for
each record
      in each text file, and a set of generated string variables
containing the
      text, as created by intext. Optionally, tfconcat creates new
      specifying, for each observation, the input text file of origin
and/or the
      sequential order of the observation in its input text file.
tfconcat uses
      intext, and therefore should not be downloaded separately.
      Author: Roger Newson
      Distribution-Date: 21february2007
      Stata-Version: 9

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