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st: Cross-platform mobility

From   "Danielle H. Ferry" <>
To   StataList <>
Subject   st: Cross-platform mobility
Date   Mon, 22 Sep 2003 14:00:53 -0400


Not sure if there is a solution to this, but I figured I'd throw it out
there. I have an external hard drive which I use on both a Mac (OS X) and a
PC (Win XP). I write all my Stata work to this HD. I sometimes call datasets
or do-files from directories other than the one in which I am working. In
this case, it is necessary to list the full pathname. The problem is that
the pathname is specified with ":" as separators (i.e., on a Mac but with "\" on a PC
(i.e., C:\bigdirectory\smallerdirectory\ Notice also, that a
Mac indicates the hard drive name by putting a ":" in front of the pathname
and a PC specifies the hard drive name by putting a ":\" after the hard
drive name. Much thanks for any ideas!

Danielle H. Ferry
National Bureau of Economic Research
365 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016
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