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Re: st: Re: inconsistent response to same syntax


From   "Gabi Huiber" <ghuiber@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Re: inconsistent response to same syntax
Date   Fri, 6 Jun 2008 11:40:08 -0400

Thank you. My main concern was to use the same syntax everywhere in
case I ever have to parse these do-files in some automatic fashion.
Your solution will do it nicely.

But it's still unclear what causes the inconsistency in the first
place, and I'm curious.

Thanks again,

Gabi


On 6/6/08, Zurab Sajaia <zsajaia@hotmail.com> wrote:
> In this case it might be better to use different syntax of -foreach-
>
>  foreach k of global dates {
>  }
>
>
>  ----- Original Message ----- From: "Gabi Huiber" <ghuiber@gmail.com>
>  To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
>  Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 11:03 AM
>  Subject: st: inconsistent response to same syntax
>
>
>
> > Hello listers,
> >
> > I got into the habit that I use the ${globalmacro} syntax instead of
> > the plain $globalmacro, on the chance that I sometimes have to combine
> > such macro names within other macro or variable names.
> >
> > But this syntax sometimes elicits an error message from Stata, like so:
> >
> > foreach k in ${dates} {
> > program error:  code follows on the same line as open brace
> > r(198);
> >
> > At other times, Stata doesn't mind. In this particular example I
> > declared the ${dates} macro in one do-file, and used it with foreach
> > as shown above within the same do-file without a problem.
> >
> > Then another do-file called and executed the first do-file, and later
> > attempted to make use of the same ${dates} macro in another foreach
> > construct. It was this second time that I got the error response
> > above.
> >
> > The syntax $dates in this second foreach loop is accepted and all is
> > well. But I can't find any reason for this inconsistency. Both
> > syntaxes should always work.
> >
> > Any ideas?
> >
> > Thank you,
> >
> > Gabi
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