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From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss@uni-tuebingen.de>
To   "'Rodrigo Alfaro A.'" <ralfaro@bcentral.cl>, <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: path for winexec?
Date   Tue, 27 May 2008 19:06:41 +0200

According to [D] shell, the difference is that "...Stata does not wait for
whatever program winexec launches to complete before continuing".

Martin Weiss
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-----Original Message-----
From: Rodrigo Alfaro A. [mailto:ralfaro@bcentral.cl] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 6:56 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Cc: Martin Weiss
Subject: RE: path for winexec?


It is clear in the manual: -shell- calls cmd.exe 
or command.com and winexec calls any application. 

For example in WinNT we have

! or shell <=> winexec cmd.exe

For that reason your line !ps2pdf mylog.ps
is passing the argument "ps2pdf mylog.ps" to cmd

Rodrigo.



-----Mensaje original-----
De: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] En nombre de Martin Weiss
Enviado el: Martes, 27 de Mayo de 2008 12:33 p.m.
Para: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Asunto: st: path for winexec?

Dear Statalisters,

I am wondering whether there is a way to make Stata find executables on
its own. I usually have a smcl-log running and sometimes like to turn it
into a pdf (on a Windows machine). So I have it translated to ps and
then let Stata
-winexec- the ps2pdf from the Miktex distribution. After conversion, I
want the file to be displayed automatically, so the code looks like
this:

***********************
-my commands-

log close
translate "mylog.smcl" "C:/Users/`c(username)'/Desktop/mylog.ps",
replace
translator(smcl2ps)
!ps2pdf mylog.ps
winexec "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe"
"C:/Users/`c(username)'/Desktop/mylog.pdf"
***********************

I have generalized the file to run on different machines without a
requirement for any tweaking. The only missing link is the path to the
reader exe in the last line. I am wondering why Stata is able to find
the ps2pdf exe but not the reader. Is there a way to have it do that as
well? I thought about putting it into the profile.do, but that would
merely shift the onus to the profile without solving the problem...

Any ideas?

Martin Weiss
_________________________________________________________________

Diplom-Kaufmann Martin Weiss
Mohlstrasse 36
Room 415
72074 Tuebingen
Germany

Fon: 0049-7071-2978184

Home: http://www.wiwi.uni-tuebingen.de/cms/index.php?id=1130

Publications: http://www.wiwi.uni-tuebingen.de/cms/index.php?id=1131

SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=669945



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