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RE: st: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: global macro for system directory?

From   "Hoffman, George" <[email protected]>
To   "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: global macro for system directory?
Date   Sat, 9 Jan 2010 17:55:33 -0600

This is a windows problem.
It sounds as if your username was DW, and now is administrator. This is the default windows admin account. I would strongly suggest that you set up a new username that is not administrator. But you may think it is too late for that.

There is a way to create a junction link to the administrator home directory. In vista and win7, junction links are used to map the xp-style directory structure to newer vista structure.
As an example "c:\documents and settings" is actually a symbolic link to "c:\users"

You 'could' create a junction directory "c:\users\dw" that maps to "c:\users\adminstrator" (which would also map "c:\documents and settings\dw" to "c:\documents and settings\administrator") using the 'mklink' command from an elevated-privilege command prompt.

Here is the windows explanation:

Creates a symbolic link.

MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target

        /D      Creates a directory symbolic link.  Default is a file
                symbolic link.
        /H      Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.
        /J      Creates a Directory Junction.
        Link    specifies the new symbolic link name.
        Target  specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new link
                refers to.

To do this:

1. Open an elevated command window (right-click c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe and select 'run as administrator')

2. Change to the c:\users directory:   

     cd c:\users

3. Make a directory junction from a directory 'dw' to the 'administrator' directory:

   mklink /j  dw   administrator

4. check the directory listing to make sure it worked correctly:
   'dir' and you should see something like:

Volume in drive C has no label. 
Volume Serial Number is C4D0-XXXX

01/09/2010  05:30 PM    <DIR>          .
01/09/2010  05:30 PM    <DIR>          ..
01/09/2010  05:29 PM    <DIR>          Administrator
07/14/2009  01:48 AM    <DIR>          Public
01/09/2010  05:30 PM    <JUNCTION>     dw [C:\Users\Administrator]

Be careful. You can do a lot of damage this way. But it will work to fix your problem.

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of [email protected]
Sent: Saturday, January 09, 2010 5:20 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: st: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: global macro for system directory?

Sounds more like a case for a search and replace operation in your favorite text editor than a Stata problem.

-original message-
Subject: st: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: global macro for system directory?
From: David Wallace <[email protected]>
Date: 09-01-2010 23:59

I have a similar issue with migrating Stata to a new laptop and running my .do file.  Can I change my hardcoded file paths in all my old .do files by specifying a macro that can reroute the filepaths used in a .do file?  So if my .do file says   " use "C:\Documents and Settings\DW\My Documents\thesis.dta", clear " can I specify an macro that will reroute all the "C:\Documents and Settings\DW\My Documents" part in .do files to something like "C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Documents\"  ????

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected]
[mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Hoffman, George
Sent: Samstag, 9. Januar 2010 05:33
To: [email protected]
Subject: st: global macro for system directory?

I recently reinstalled stata 10 on my computer with a new os (windows 7). On my old computer, I had installed in "c:\program files\stata". On the new computer, it was in "c:\program files\stata10" by default. I had previously written a bunch of ado and do files for data and log file manipulation that referenced hardcoded directories under "c:\ptogram files\stata".

I know that the sysdir command will reveal the STATA directory to be the install directory. Is there a way to retrieve that into a macro or tempvar that I can then reference from a do or ado file?

Yes, it would all work fine if I just renamed my stata install dir - but I'd rather not hardcode if possible.

George Hoffman

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