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st: Why do `test' and a`test' make a difference?

From   Dirk Enzmann <>
Subject   st: Why do `test' and a`test' make a difference?
Date   Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:18:28 +0100

Why does the backslash as part of the global macro $path vanish (and `test' is not evaluated as a local macro) when immediately combined with the local macro `test', although it does not vanish (and the content of `test' is displayed) when not immediately combined as shown in the two variants of -di- in the example below?

* --- Stata example start: -----------

global path = "d:\my folder\"
local test = "pre_"
di "${path}`test'my name.dta"
di "${path}a`test'my name.dta"

* --- End Stata example. ------------


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