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st: Re: loop over file names

From   "Michael Blasnik" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Re: loop over file names
Date   Tue, 06 Jun 2006 12:32:37 -0400

You're close. You need to use / in file paths, not \ because \ is a signal to not expand the following macro. Just change the slashes in both the insheet and save commands and you're on the right track.

Michael Blasnik

----- Original Message ----- From: "Wanli Zhao" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2006 11:46 AM
Subject: st: loop over file names

I just cannot find the old thread about this.
I have some files called 1993.txt ... 2003.txt.

1. I want to insheet the files by "foreach" or "forvalues".
If I do:
forvalues i of 1993(1)2003 {
insheet using c:\`i'.txt
It is not working. I also tried other ways and cannot figure how. Invalid

2. within each file processing, I need to do "gen year=`i'"

3. after the processing, I need to save the file as ...\`i'.dta.

I am obviously stuck at the "insheet" step but maybe I need to change 2 and
3 also? I appreciate your help. Thanks.

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