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Re: st: saving all file names in directory/folder

From   Phil Schumm <>
Subject   Re: st: saving all file names in directory/folder
Date   Thu, 17 Apr 2008 14:12:18 -0500

On Apr 17, 2008, at 1:53 PM, Phil Schumm wrote:
On Apr 17, 2008, at 1:19 PM, Gabi Huiber wrote:
When reading directory paths in Stata, always use forward slashes.

Windows does not care. Unix would, but that's not the reason for this advice.

A minor correction. Windows does care -- it expects to see paths separated by "\" just as Unix/Linux/OS X expect to see paths separated by "/". The fact that you can use forward slashes in your Stata code and have it work on all platforms is courtesy of Stata.

I must apologize -- I was wrong. The Windows users here have informed me that

- DOS services since 2.0 and all Windows APIs have always accepted either
forward or backward slashes, but

- the standard command shells (CMD or COMMAND) only accept backward slashes

The latter is all I have ever used under Windows, which was the source of my misunderstanding. Serves me right for commenting on something I know nothing about ;)

-- Phil

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