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st: use of brace inside of macro


From   "Dr. Bill Westman" <bigweb_ddt@yahoo.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: use of brace inside of macro
Date   Tue, 15 Jun 2010 19:00:07 -0700 (PDT)

I am curious whether a brace can be used inside of a macro.

For example: 

sysuse auto, clear
macro drop _all

global test  }
log using test, replace

forvalues j = 1/1  {
macro list _all
}

forvalues x = 1/1  {
macro list _all
${test}
end
break
...
causes Stata to provide r(1) error.

I've tried the macro with and without quotes "" around the brace.

Is this illegal? If not what is the problem?

Thanks.

Bill




      
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