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st: Re: follow-up: trouble expanding a macros

From   "Michael Blasnik" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Re: follow-up: trouble expanding a macros
Date   Mon, 06 Mar 2006 07:26:39 -0500

You just have too many quotes. The -display- command can deal with multiple quote-delimited strings pushed up against each other, but the -use- command cannot. Try:

use `dir'withlag_2sls.dta, clear


use " `dir'withlag_2sls.dta", clear

The latter syntax would allow you to have spaces in the file name. Another recommendation is that you use / instead of \ in file paths to avoid potential problems with macro expansion (if your file name were a local macro as well).

Michael Blasnik

----- Original Message ----- From: "Robert Kraut" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2006 1:57 PM
Subject: st: follow-up: trouble expanding a macros


I am still having trouble using a macro to refer to a windows directory:
Explicitly naming the directory & file in a use statement works works. E.g.,

use F:\\\0_freshmen\transition\withlag_2sls.dta, clear
I can define the macro, and display seems to indicate that my definition
is correct:

local dir F:\\\0_freshmen\transition\
di  "`dir'""withlag_2sls.dta"
However, I still get an error when I add the file name, either
surrounding the filename in quotes or not:

use " `dir'""withlag_2sls.dta", clear
invalid '"withlag_2sls.dta'

use " `dir'"withlag_2sls.dta, clear
invalid 'withlag_2sls.dta'
 > r(198);

Defining the macro using quotes around the directory names does not seem
to help. Again, the macro seems to expand correctly using the display
command, but not with the use command.

 > local dir "F:\\\0_freshmen\transition\"

. di "`dir'""withlag_2sls.dta"

. di "`dir'""withlag_2sls.dta"

. use "`dir'""withlag_2sls.dta", clear
invalid '"withlag_2sls.dta'

Any suggestions?  I must not be understanding something fundamental
about expanding macros.

Robert Kraut
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