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RE: AW: st: AW: Syntax forvalues in Stata 11 SE


From   Gauri Khanna <gwkhanna@hotmail.com>
To   Stata List <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: AW: st: AW: Syntax forvalues in Stata 11 SE
Date   Thu, 23 Sep 2010 13:49:11 +0000

Dear Neil, 

Thank you for your detailed response. 

I changed all the syntax from ' to ` and re-ran the whole do file in one go using -version 9.2 - and it worked. 

Then, I dropped -version 9.2 - and it worked. 

The problem:

1. I was running the code line by line since I was running this file for the first time in a higher version and wanted to see if everything ran smoothly. This is where the problem began. The tempfiles were not saving and so I tried to save them by changing the syntax. On doing this, the tempfiles were saving as -.dta- file and not as a temp file which you pointed out and which I did not realise until now. 

2. Second, I was running my do file in parts which is not really conducive when it comes to a do file with so various commands calling on tempfiles, and using -local- 

So thank you for your assistance and to Martin and Neil: I can now move on to the next of the remaining 10 do files. 

With regards, 

Gauri 

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> From: nshephard@gmail.com
> Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 13:19:18 +0000
> Subject: Re: AW: st: AW: Syntax forvalues in Stata 11 SE
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>
> Listen to Nick Cox's comment, as I don't understand why you have...
>
> On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:07 PM, Gauri Khanna  wrote:
>> *use `allsvys1', clear /*OLD CODE: STATA 9*/
>> use "'allsvys1'", clear
>
> There was no change in syntax between Stata 9 and 11 as to the use of
> single quotes when referring to tempfiles.
>
> What your new code is doing is saving a file in the current directory
> as 'allsvys1'.dta and NOT saving it as the tempfile you are declaring
> at the start of your do-file.
>
>>     foreach x of local names {
>>         if "`x'"=="lgsmkc" {
>>             display "`x'"
>>             gen row'j'=lgcigc
>>             local j='j'+1
>>         }
>>         if "`x'"=="midage" {
>>             display "`x'"
>>             gen row'j'=midage
>>             local j='j'+1
>>         }
>>         if "`x'"=="agesmkc" {
>>             display "`x'"
>>             gen row'j'=agecigc
>>             local j='j'+1
>>         }
>>         if "`x'"=="_cons" {
>>             display "`x'"
>>             gen row'j'=1
>>             continue, break
>>         }
>>     }
>
> All of the references to the local macro j in this are wrong they
> should be `j' and not 'j'
>
> I'd be inclined to go back to your original code, and try running
> under version control by a adding the line -version 9.0- at the top of
> your do-file, it should run fine.
>
> As per Martin's point, how are you running your do-file?
>
> Are you sending the whole thing from the do-file editor, typing -do
> mydo-, highlighting a section of your do-file and sending it to Stata
> to run (if so which parts).
>
> Neil
>
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