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Re: st: Parsing issue?

From   "E. Paul Wileyto" <>
Subject   Re: st: Parsing issue?
Date   Fri, 25 Apr 2008 13:53:11 -0400



Nick Cox wrote:
Eva is correct.
The way you can be backstabbed by backslashes is explained in a handy
paperback, the User's Guide. See [U] 18.3.11.
In all operating systems it supports, Stata is happy to accept / as a
separator within filenames. Under various flavours of Unix, including modern Mac OSs,
that is standard any way. Under Windows, Stata translates when
Eva Poen

a backslash is an escape character in Stata. In front of a local
macro, a backslash prevents execution. I.e., - \`x'- becomes `x' after
Stata executed the line. This can be useful in programming.

For your problem, try replacing the backslash with a forward slash. At
least in Windows this works fine. I don't know about other operating

2008/4/25 E. Paul Wileyto <>:

I cannot fathom what is going on here, and I'm hoping someone out

might have a clue. The twoway command correctly interprets the local

`x' and puts up the graph. The graph save command does not seem to
know the

meaning of `x', and lops off the backslash in front of it. Any

I'm appending the main output, and then a trace... I'm not seeing

useful in the trace.

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