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st: Retrieving variable list from describe


From   Barth Riley <barthriley@comcast.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Retrieving variable list from describe
Date   Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:20:21 -0500

Dear list

i would like to retrieve the list of variables matching a specification used with describe, e.g.:

describe item*

I know that describe provides an r(varlist) macro, yet I can seem to use or access it. For instance:

foreach var in "`r(varlist)'" {
...
}

does nothing. I have also tried not enclosing `r(vrlist)' in quotes . Does this only work in conjunction with the ds command?

Thanks

Barth

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