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Re: st: macro & file name


From   Caleb Southworth <caleb@uoregon.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: macro & file name
Date   Fri, 3 Oct 2008 09:51:49 -0700 (PDT)

Eva, Thanks. That did it. What is the escape character for?

I realized that I can use the mac/unix path names throughout, so 
perhaps that is better.

On Fri, 3 Oct 2008, Eva Poen wrote:

:Just use a forward slash in front of the local macro, and lose the
:quotes in between:
:
:"c:\union_pop\orig/`file'"
:
:The backslash acts as escape character in Stata. You only need to
:worry about it if it's directly followed by a macro.
:
:
:Eva
:
:
:
:2008/10/3 Caleb Southworth <caleb@uoregon.edu>:
:> I misunderstand something about the way locals are identified. The below
:> program crashes when I try to -use- the filename in `r(files)'. If I take
:> out the path name and change into that directory, then the program runs. How
:> can I make this work with the path name? What is the proper way to use a
:> local that is appended to another string, such as the path? Thanks!
:>
:> . fs c:\union_pop\orig\gifford*.dta
:> gifford_2000.dta
:>
:> . foreach file in `r(files)'{
:>  2.         use "c:\union_pop\orig\""`file'", clear
:>  3.                 ds _*
:>  4.                 foreach var of varlist `r(varlist)'{
:>  5.                         bysort id: assert `var'==. if `var'[_n+1]!=.
:>  6.                 }
:>  7. }
:> invalid '"gifford_2000.dta'
:> r(198);
:>
:> end of do-file
:>
:> r(198);
:>
:>
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Caleb Southworth
Associate Professor
University of Oregon Sociology
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