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Re: st: Stata Temp File issue


From   "John C. Vernaleo" <john.vernaleo@adainvestments.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: Stata Temp File issue
Date   Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:07:34 -0500

For some reason, setting the temp file location in DOS doesn't always "take" when I launch Stata afterward.   That is,  if I set the tempfile location in DOS (as described on the page linked above) and then double click on my Stata icon I still don't always get the right tempfile path path when I type
tempfile j
di "`j'"
in the new instance of Stata.  However, I've had more success if set the tempfile location in DOS and then subsequently launch Stata from DOS.  I don't know that this is what _causes_ the new instance of Stata to use the correct tempfile location or not; but it seems to work for me if I follow this process.

- Eric

I actually call Stata from a python program.  Before doing the system call
that starts Stata, I do:

os.putenv('TEMP',tempdir)
os.system(statacmd)

(where obviously I had already defined tempdir and statacmd).

To be sure, I checked the directory I defined and while stata is running,
it has a temp file in there.  So it looks like this method does just what
I want.

Thanks for the help.

John

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