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Re: RE: st: Build groups with the same first two numbers of SIC

From   "Hua Pan" <>
Subject   Re: RE: st: Build groups with the same first two numbers of SIC
Date   Fri, 20 Mar 2009 13:41:49 +0100

Dear Nick

You are right. The code von Michael is much easier then the loop, so I will take his code. So there is no need to use -capture- here.

I think -Capture- is sometimes useful for loop and I will take your advice and use "capture" behind the command that might return. Thank you for your explanation.

Best Regards

-------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Datum: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 11:22:56 -0000
> Von: "Nick Cox" <>
> An:
> Betreff: RE: st: Build groups with the same first two numbers of SIC

> There's some minor confusion here. I didn't recommend fixing your loop
> with -capture-, as there is no need to write a loop in the first place. 
> More specifically, it's not a case of anybody's preference for return
> codes. The return codes to work with are those that a command might return. In
> many cases, the return code is 0 if something works and some non-zero code
> if it doesn't, and the programmer can work on that basis. 
> Nick 
> Hua Pan
> Thank you very much for your help. 
> Michael, your command is great, very effective. That’s exactly what I
> want and failed to find. Thank you indeed.
> Martin and Nick, Thank you for your suggestions. After I added
> “capture” before “by”, the loop continued to work, and I also got the daily
> mean return for all firms with this complicate method. After I typed, 
> -di in red _rc-
> the return code was 198. Does that mean that this code is wrong? Error
> (198)
> When I put “capture” before “by” and “save”, the loop also
> continued to work and I got what I want, but this time the return code was
> zero. 
> “Capture” is really useful, that can help me a lot later, so I want to
> know why there are different return codes and which one should I prefer?
> Thanks a lot in advance.
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