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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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Subject |
RE: st: comparing two .dta files |

Date |
Tue, 12 Feb 2008 21:46:46 -0000 |

As Gabi later replied, this was the nub of the problem. Note that this gotcha is prominently documented. In the Stata 10 manuals, it is documented at [U] 18.3.4. Every once in a while, every serious Stata user really should just sit down and read [U]. Naturally, you can skim and skip the bits you know already, and the bits you think you know you don't need right now, but you'll discover, or rediscover, many crucial details, like this one. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Nick Winter Without considering the larger logic of what you are doing, this line is probably the/a problem: local mergeby`k'="`mergeby`k'' `var'`k'" When you use the equal sign, you are telling Stata to evaluate the string that follows; that gets truncated to 244 characters (which is the limit on the length of a string expression; see help limits). You can simply assign, without evaluation, thusly: local mergeby`k' "`mergeby`k'' `var'`k'" or even local mergeby`k' `mergeby`k'' `var'`k' In both these cases, everything after the macro name is simply stored in the macro, with a much larger limit on the length (165,200 in Stata/IC, or 1,081,511 in SE or MP; which is enough to allow a local to contain the complete list of variables in a dataset). Gabi Huiber wrote: > > I was recently given a do-file that insheets a bunch of files, works > on them, then produces a .dta file 37 variables wide and several > thousand observations long. Let's call this do-file the prototype > version. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: st: comparing two .dta files***From:*"Gabi Huiber" <ghuiber@gmail.com>

**References**:**st: comparing two .dta files***From:*"Gabi Huiber" <ghuiber@gmail.com>

**Re: st: comparing two .dta files***From:*Nick Winter <nwinter@virginia.edu>

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