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RE: st: path for winexec?


From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss@uni-tuebingen.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: path for winexec?
Date   Tue, 27 May 2008 19:52:24 +0200

Thanks Jeph, that is a big step forward for me. You still cannot pass around
such a program as not every user will want to edit his environment
variables, but for me, the problem is solved. 

Martin Weiss
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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Jeph Herrin
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 6:59 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: path for winexec?

winexec uses the Windows PATH environmental variable to determine
where to look for executables. Some programs add their location
to the PATH when they are installed;  I see on my computer that
Miktex did so, and that Adobe did not.

To check the path, open a command prompt and type -path-.

The PATH is a semicolon seperated list of folders; you can add
more folders to it, but there is a length limit.

You can add to the PATH variable at the command prompt with

   PATH = "$PATH; M:\y New\Path"

but it only sticks around for that session. To add a folder
permanently, go to the control panel->System->Advanced. At
the bottom you'll see a button for the environmental variables;
click that, and in the bottom window fo the dialog that opens
you'll see, among others, PATH. You can edit that here.

hth,
Jeph


Martin Weiss wrote:
> 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
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> 
> 
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