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st: Error message while renaming

From   "Md. Alauddin Majumder" <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: Error message while renaming
Date   Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:57:45 +0000

Dear Statalist,
I want to use the following command to rename a variable: rename E7011702 MAR_STATUS_1997.02. It returns the following error message. 

too many wildcards in newname
    You requested E7011702 be renamed MAR_STATUS_1997.02.  There are more wildcards in new than in old.
    Wildcards in old and new correspond one-to-one from left-to-right unless you specify explicit subscripts in
    new.  Anyway, rename ran out of wildcards in old when matching the wildcards in new.  Perhaps you just made
    a mistake or perhaps you forgot an explicit subscript in new.  Or perhaps you forgot to specify option
    addnumber, which allows you to specify an extra #, (#), (##), ...

Is there any way out? Pls note that I prefer to keep the name exactly MAR_STATUS_1997.02.  Thanks in advance.


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