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st: RE: RE: concatenating macros

From   "Dan Menes" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: RE: concatenating macros
Date   Wed, 10 Nov 2004 14:33:39 -0500

I find backslashes in path names cause no end of trouble in Stata.  Whenever dealing with filenames, my first action is always

local pathvar: subinstr local pathvar "\\" "/", all

The problem is backslashes can have special meanings when Stata tries to parse the line--they don't always get read as literal backslashes.  In particular, I suspect in your example the backslash is getting read as a modifier on the quotation mark.

Dan Menes
Bates White LLC

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected]
[mailto:[email protected]]On Behalf Of Wallace, John
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 2:22 PM
To: '[email protected]'
Subject: st: RE: concatenating macros

Sorry, the change in macro longname construction should have read:
.local longname "`pathvar'`filename'"

Note the quotes around the concatenation.


-----Original Message-----

The problem is that the final \ gets dropped from the path.

.di "`pathvar'"

Oddly, the initial macro seems to store this correctly

Changing the longname macro construction to...
.local longname `pathvar'`filename'
.di "`longname'"
F:\CELS35051403 effect
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