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st: RE: Cross-platform mobility

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: Cross-platform mobility
Date   Mon, 22 Sep 2003 20:56:47 +0100

Danielle H. Ferry
> 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!

I am not clear quite how this is biting you, 
but Stata provides a dirsep which depends on
your platform. 

In Stata 7, this is accessed by `: dirsep' 
and in Stata 8 by `c(dirsep)'. 


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