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st: is there a -hexdump- command for variables?

From   Ada Ma <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: is there a -hexdump- command for variables?
Date   Thu, 12 Nov 2009 20:26:24 +0000

Hi Statalisters,

The -hexdump- command screens a file to check out what characters
appear within a file.  I am hoping to do something similar - but only
with a subset of the variables within the data.

I know that I can do it by saving the variables in a separate file,
and do a -hexdump- on that file.  I am just wondering if there are
other command which would allow me to save that step.

I have a couple dozens of string varibles and I want to check that
they only have alphabetical and numerical characters within them, and
strip out the characters which aren't.  It's kind of hard to know what
I need to strip out if I don't know what are in there to be strip out.
 Thus my question above.

Many thanks for your help in advance!!


Ada Ma
Research Fellow
Health Economics Research Unit
University of Aberdeen, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 1224 555189
Fax: +44 (0) 1224 550926
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