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Re: st: comment out a number of lines together

From   Nick Winter <>
Subject   Re: st: comment out a number of lines together
Date   Tue, 30 Sep 2008 16:46:29 -0400


No one has mentioned--unless I missed it--that multiple lines of code can be commented out with /* and */. So in this code


lines c,d, e and f will all be skipped.

-Nick Winter

Sergiy Radyakin wrote:


local c //
will not work in the program because "//" is interpreted as the start
of the comment
it works in the command line though, because "//"-style comments are
prohibited in the command line input. To fix this:
1) open quotes before // like so: local c "//" , or
2) write it down as an expression, e.g. local c="/"+"/"
In any case, Stata fails to recognize "//" as a comment when it comes
as a result of macro expansion. But it works for a star ("*").

// --- begin of file ---
local c //
display `"`c'"'
local c ="/"+"/"
display `"`c'"'
local c "//"
display `"`c'"'
local c "*"
display `"`c'"'
 `c' just nothing
local c "//"
 `c' just nothing
// --- end of file ---

If writing out debugging messages, it may be more comfortable to use
di_g. See: help di_g.

Best regards, Sergiy Radyakin

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 11:28 AM, Nick Cox <> wrote:
Another is to prefix lines by e.g.



local c *


local c //

comments out those lines.


local c

zaps the macro.

Naturally any definition of the local as "*" or "//" must precede all uses
that require that interpretation.

The converse does not apply: if the local is not defined, Stata sees the

More generally, you can define or undefine the macro at will.

I don't especially recommend this method, but it is an alternative that is
sometimes useful, and it matches practices in many programming languages.


Maarten buis wrote:
--- Paul O'Brien <> wrote:

at times i need to comment out a number of lines, usually with * and
remove the * later to activate the commands.
is there a simple way to remove and add the * to a number of line at one
One way to comment out a block of code is to surround them with /* and
*/ this way you have to remove only these two.
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