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Re: st: /* */ comments inside Stata program


From   "Scott Merryman" <scott.merryman@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: /* */ comments inside Stata program
Date   Sat, 7 Jun 2008 07:28:38 -0500

It seems to work fine as a do file.

Scott

. sysuse auto,clear
(1978 Automobile Data)

. capture program drop happy

.  program define happy
  1.   version 10
  2.   syntax varlist
  3.   tempvar tmpvar0 tmpvar1
  4.    /* quietly */ foreach var of local varlist {
  5.   display in smcl as text "Happy"
  6.   }
  7. end

.
. set trace on

.
.  happy mpg price
  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
begin happy ---
  - version 10
  - syntax varlist
  - tempvar tmpvar0 tmpvar1
  - foreach var of local varlist {
  - display in smcl as text "Happy"
Happy
  - }
  - display in smcl as text "Happy"
Happy
  - }
  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
end happy ---

.
end of do-file


On Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 4:38 AM, Joseph Coveney <jcoveney@bigplanet.com> wrote:
> I thought that we can use /* */ to temporarily comment-out code for
> debugging, but I'm obviously doing something wrong here (below).  Can
> someone point it out to me?
>
> Joseph Coveney
>
> . program define happy
>  1. version 10
>  2. syntax varlist
>  3. tempvar tmpvar0 tmpvar1
>  4. /* quietly */ foreach var of local varlist {
>  5. display in smcl as text "Happy"
>  6. }
>  7. end
>
> . set trace on
>
> . happy hgt wgt
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> begin happy ---
> - version 10
> - syntax varlist
> - tempvar tmpvar0 tmpvar1
> - /* quietly */ foreach var of local varlist {
> unrecognized command:  / invalid command name
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> end happy ---
> r(199);
>
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