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st: RE: date function error?


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: date function error?
Date   Thu, 12 Jun 2008 17:49:54 +0100

No Stata error here, just a subtle misunderstanding. 

Step 1. Stata substitutes macro names by their contents. 

Step 2. -display- sees 12Jun and tries to make sense of it but fails.
12Jun is not a number, nor a variable name, nor a scalar name. 

Solution: You need to spell out to Stata that you are dealing with a
string. 

. di "$S_DATE" 

does that. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Hoffman, George


i've got stata 10 on win32, and have been troubled by an error in the
date function:

. di $S_DATE
12Jun not found
r(111);


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