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Re: st: Working with the name of the do file


From   Eric DeRosia <ederosia@byu.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Working with the name of the do file
Date   Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:10:57 -0600

Nick wrote:
"Why would this make a .do file easier to use and maintain?"

Because it would obviate the need to manually edit a do file to rename the log file (and similar tasks, as shown in the example in my OP). In terms of workflow, manual editing is inefficient and, more importantly, it is an opportunity for errors (e.g., data-entry mistakes) to enter into the process.

This functionality would not be useful in every situation, but it would have been a handy tool for some situations. When a SAS code file is run in batch mode, the default name of the log file it creates is <name of the SAS code file>.log. That's something I miss about SAS (probably the only thing I miss about SAS).


Daniel wrote:
"Old, but maybe this helps: http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2007-08/msg00556.html";

Thanks, Daniel, for pointing me to that post! I didn't find it in my searching.

The post suggests passing the filename as an additional parameter each time the do file is called, but I don't think that work-around would make my workflow easier or less prone to mistakes. Oh well, at least I know I'm not the only one who has wished for this functionality.


- Eric

Eric DeRosia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Marriott School of Management
Brigham Young University
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