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st: macro expansion


From   Sean Shu <sshu@hkpr.on.ca>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: macro expansion
Date   Wed, 15 Mar 2006 15:09:41 -0500

Hi there,

I have following code which let two local macros expand in a file path. But after running the looping, the files are saved under C: directly, instead of the directory suggested by the code.

local path = "C:/EPI Projects/RRFSS Trends/"
local fname = "Smoking Vehicle\vehicle0"
cd "C:\EPI Projects\RRFSS Trends\data"
forval i = 1/4 {
insheet cat prop ucl lcl popsize using raw0`i'.txt, clear
generate year = 200`i'
save "`path'/`fname'`i'", replace
}

Messages from STATA after running the above code
forval i = 1/4 {
2. insheet cat prop ucl lcl popsize using raw0`i'.txt, clear
3. generate year = 200`i'
4. *save "C:\EPI Projects/RRFSS, replace
. save "`path'/`fname'`i'", replace
5. }

(5 vars, 2 obs)
file /1.dta saved
(5 vars, 2 obs)
file /2.dta saved
(5 vars, 2 obs)
file /3.dta saved
(5 vars, 2 obs)
file /4.dta saved

Any one knows what has gone wrong? Thanks so much!

sean
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