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Re: st: making Stata read do-files


From   "Friedrich Huebler" <fhuebler@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: making Stata read do-files
Date   Mon, 14 Apr 2008 22:56:13 -0400

Gabi,

One idea is to rename all do-files so that the file names only have
lowercase letters. Several free programs can help with this task, for
example Lupas Rename.

http://rename.lupasfreeware.org/

Friedrich

On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 7:05 PM, Gabi Huiber <ghuiber@gmail.com> wrote:
> I am having a problem with uppercase letters in file names.
>
>  I am trying to impose some version control on a bunch of do-files of
>  the type [filename]_yyyymmdd.do, that have been saved weekly with
>  various changes over the past two years or so.
>
>  In the first stage of this job I just want to read their names, then
>  collect the yyyymmdd part in a matrix. But I am hitting a snag with
>  files where the alphanumeric part contains uppercase characters. My
>  code goes like this:
>
>  ____ code snippet starts here_____
>
>  local `k'list: dir "${dofrom}" files "`k'*.do"   // this is the list
>  of do-files that start with string "`k'_"
>  local `k'clean: list clean `k'list                 // this strips the
>  quotes around file names `k'_[...].do
>  local `k'num: list sizeof `k'clean              // this is the gross
>  length of that list (in some cases
>  di "`k'"
>  di ``k'num'                                            // it includes
>  all files that start with `k'_, not strictly
>                                                           // files of
>  type `k'_YYYYMMDD.do. in those cases
>                                                           // an extra
>  step is needed, see below)
>  matrix define `k'dates=J(``k'num',1,0)     // set up empty matrix to
>  collect dates of do-files
>
>  _____and ends here_____________
>
>  Now, for cases where this `k' local is like say "clean_report_", all
>  is well. But when `k' is like "DNAreport_", I get a reading error and
>  as a result ``k'num', the length of the list of do-files of interes,
>  becomes zero. See this case:
>
>  ______snippet of screen output starts here____
>
>  clean_report_
>  13
>  number of observations will be reset to 13
>  Press any key to continue, or Break to abort
>  obs was 0, now 13
>  (0 observations deleted)
>  13
>
>  clean_report_dates[13,1]
>            c1
>   r1  20080109
>   r2  20080116
>   r3  20080123
>   r4  20080130
>   r5  20080207
>   r6  20080213
>   r7  20080220
>   r8  20080227
>   r9  20080305
>  r10  20080312
>  r11  20080319
>  r12  20080326
>  r13  20080409
>  DNAreport_
>  0
>  invalid syntax
>  r(198);
>
>  end of do-file
>  r(198);
>
>  ____and ends here________
>
>  I am not sure how to get Stata to recognize these file names properly.
>  I would appreciate any ideas.
>
>  Best,
>  Gabi
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