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st: Parsing not-quite-standard syntax

From   "David Harrison" <[email protected]>
To   "Statalist (E-mail)" <[email protected]>
Subject   st: Parsing not-quite-standard syntax
Date   Thu, 25 Nov 2004 09:21:57 -0000

I want to write a command with the syntax

command [name] [if exp] [in range] [, opt1 opt2 *]

BUT, the -if exp- and -in range- are to be applied in a -use- statement, so they may involve variables that are not in the dataset in memory. Any suggestions on how I can parse this to get the locals `namelist' `if' `in' `opt1' `opt2' and `options' that would be produced by -syntax-?

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