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st: Generating log file name (automatic daily logs)

From   "Allan Reese \(Cefas\)" <>
To   "'Statalist \(E-mail\)" <>
Subject   st: Generating log file name (automatic daily logs)
Date   Thu, 24 May 2007 16:55:24 +0100

This may be obvious or old hat, but I've been fiddling with reformatting dates to generate a daily log from Stata.
The following lines are in my

* Create daily audit trail of all commands (only allows one Stata invocation) ...
local logdate = string( d(`c(current_date)'), "%dCY-N-D" )
cmdlog using "c:\program files\stata9\logfiles\log`logdate'.txt", append
* ... and working log file of output (to rename for keeping) 
capture erase c:\statalog.bak
capture copy c:\statalog.smcl c:\statalog.bak
log using c:\statalog, replace

The advantage of this format is the files stay in date order whether sorted by name or date modified.

Any simple suggestions to add 1,2 or a,b to the log filename if Stata is called more than once are invited - I guess it would require a loop, a counter, and "file open" as a test.  


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