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Re: st: assign several lines of syntax to local?


From   Jeph Herrin <stata@spandrel.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: assign several lines of syntax to local?
Date   Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:46:22 -0400

I thought of that, but then this modification

***************
  sysuse auto
  local test count ; list in 1 ;
  #delimit ;
  `test' ;
***************

produces an error.



On 8/12/2010 11:41 AM, Maarten buis wrote:
--- On Thu, 12/8/10, Jeph Herrin wrote:
Strange, I thought this would work:

***************
    sysuse auto
    local test count ; list in 1 ;
    #delimit ;
    `test'
***************

but it doesn't produce so much as an error message. Why
not?

That probably has to do with the way Stata parses a line.
My guess would be that the following is happening:
Stata collects a line till it sees a ;
only after that does it start evaluating the locals
Since you did not put a ; after `test', Stata never
even started evaluating the local, and so never saw
the contents of `test', and thus did not produce an
error message.

Hope this helps,
Maarten

--------------------------
Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen
Germany

http://www.maartenbuis.nl
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