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st: RE: minor bug in -describe-?


From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: minor bug in -describe-?
Date   Wed, 29 Oct 2008 21:46:19 +0100

Curiously, describe.ado takes -anything- in its -syntax- statement. If you
copy it to your very own describe2.ado in your personal directory and
restate that as -anything(everything)- then you  can pass it "in*" and it
works as expected. I think that could be called a bug. Whether minor or not,
I do not want to decide... -help describe- indicates that it takes a
-varlist- so why would one want -anything- and not -varlist- in the -syntax-
statement?


HTH
Martin


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Jeph Herrin
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 6:53 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: st: minor bug in -describe-?



-in- is a reserved word in Stata, but it's also a very
common prefix for variable names. So I often run into
this:

. d in*
varlist not allowed
r(101);


Obviously, -describe- takes a varlist, but it won't take
a varlist that looks like a reserved word. A bug, right?
Or is there a reason for this?

thanks,
Jeph





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