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st: argument string with embedded comma


From   "Feiveson, Alan H. (JSC-SK311)" <Alan.H.Feiveson@nasa.gov>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: argument string with embedded comma
Date   Wed, 10 Dec 2008 13:17:01 -0600

Hi I know this has come up before, but I can't find it on the Stata
FAQ's or with -findit-. If a character string as an argument has a comma
embeded in it, how can I process it correctly? For example in -temp.do-,
below:


// temp.do
args a
noi di "`a'"


. run temp "ddfgdsf"
ddfgdsf
. run temp "ddfg,dsf"
option dsf not allowed
r(198);

But on the other hand, interactively:

. local blah "dsfgd,dsgdfg"

. di "`blah'"
dsfgd,dsgdfg

Why does this work interactively, but not as an argument in a .do file?

Al Feiveson




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