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Re: st: Post-program tempfiles or a temp directory?

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: Post-program tempfiles or a temp directory?
Date   Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:46:13 +0100

By "function" I guess you mean "command". I can't add to what I said
earlier. I suspect you should talk to tech support at StataCorp if no
good ideas emerge from the list.

On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 8:32 PM, James Sams <> wrote:
> On Thursday 27,  September  2012 19:37:37 you wrote:
>> I have not tried it but I imagine that temporary files opened in an
>> interactive session will remain open during that session. The
>> interactive session itself counts in Stata as a program in the widest
>> sense, at least for some purposes. You would then just need to pass
>> their names to your individual programs.
>> For further and better advice, you might need to spell out what your OS is.
> This is for a set of rclass programs to be used by a number of people on Linux
> for sure, probably also OS X. Maybe not Windows, but possibly. It will usually
> be used in the context of a do file, not a session (the function itself is
> likely to take at least 2 hours to run easily 10 times longer). Defining the
> files ahead of time is not feasible. The entire point of the function is to
> figure out which source files would need to be operated on in the first place,
> operating on them in the specified manner, saving the results to some files, and
> handing the files off to the 'user' of the function for them to use as they see
> fit.
> --
> James Sams
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