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st: RE: RE: reading the first X letters of a filename

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: RE: reading the first X letters of a filename
Date   Tue, 19 Jul 2005 01:58:31 +0100

A different approach would appear more direct: 
use -fs-, as publicised by Kit Baum yesterday. 

ssc inst fs 
fs *bilateral.csv 
foreach f in `r(files)' { 
	insheet using `"`f'"' 
	local country : substr local f "bilateral.csv" 
	gen country = "`country'" 

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Dev Vencappa

> I am running the insheet command as follows:
> insheet using "C:\World Bank TPD data\ARGbilateral.csv", clear
> gen str5 country=="ARG"
> ....
> I have about 100 other csv files similar to the above. e.g. 
> ARMbilateral, BRGbilateral, CRDbilateral, etc. I have to 
> repeat the same command on each of these csv files. Instead 
> of writing a macro that would store all these three letter 
> names and calling them in a loop, I was wondering if there is 
> a simpler way of asking Stata to read the first three letters 
> of the file, check if it is followed by the name bilateral, 
> read in the data and execute the commands that follow. 

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