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st: mkdat

From   Johannes Geyer <>
Subject   st: mkdat
Date   Tue, 27 Nov 2007 15:50:04 +0100

Dear Statalist,

my question concerns an option in the user-written program "mkdat.ado" to 
draw samples from the GSOEP. I have to specify a path-name for the 


akzahl bkzahl ckzahl dkzahl

using PATHNAME , files(p) waves(a b c d) netto(10)

Say my pathname includes a blank like in "C:\Dokumente und 
Einstellungen\Eigene Dateien" then the program returns an error 

invalid 'und'

This does not happen with other commands, like e.g. merge and also the 
Stata help says that it is enough to enclose the expression in quotes.
Does anybody know why this does not work with mkdat or did I miss 
something? My solution was to use "cd "PATHNAME"" and then enter the 
folder directly but I would like to understand the error.

kind regards


Johannes Geyer
Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin)
German Institute for Economic Research 
Department of Public Economics
DIW Berlin
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Tel: +49-30-89789-258

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