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

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: assign several lines of syntax to local?
Date   Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:09:56 +0100

I can't think of a good reason for saying that unless it's that people may get confused. Stata has no problems distinguishing a local macro and a command with the same name. 


Martin Weiss

It is not a good idea to use an official command name for the -local-, anyway...

Maarten buis

--- 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.

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