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st: RE: Re: Continuing a loop inspite of errors

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: RE: Re: Continuing a loop inspite of errors
Date   Wed, 25 May 2011 12:40:32 +0100

Your first post has yet to reach the list. Evidently there have been some recent problems. 

But something as simple as 

foreach v of var xxx?? { 

would have worked if there were no xxx00-xxx09 or xxx91-xxx99 or other variables matching that pattern. But note the general rule: -foreach- is happy with wildcards to indicate sets of variable names. 


Narahari H.S.

Some research got me the solution. Code is below

forvalues i=10/90{
capture noisily : sum xxx`i'
if _rc==111{

--- On Wed, 25/5/11, Narahari H.S. <> wrote:

> From: Narahari H.S. <>
> Subject: Continuing a loop inspite of errors
> To: "statalist" <>
> Date: Wednesday, 25 May, 2011, 12:26 PM
> Hello all,
> I have to run a loop on a set of variables which are named
> like xxx10, xxx11,xxx13,xxx17.....xxx90. There is no set
> pattern in the number suffix of the variable name but the
> minimum suffix is 10 and max is 90.
> I cant use -forvalues- as the suffixes are not continuous
> and they do not have a fixed difference. One way to do it is
> to use -foreach- but I have to manually enter all the
> variable names and thats quite cumbersome.
> I could use -forvalues- if there was a command to continue
> the loop inspite of an error i.e. if I use -forvalues
> i=10(1)90{- , the looping is stopped when i is set to 12 as
> xxx12 is not present. 
> Could you please tell me if theres a command for continuing
> the loop inspite of errors or any other technique to do
> this?

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