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st: RE: Bug in comment - and comment on comment

From   "Martin Weiss" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: Bug in comment - and comment on comment
Date   Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:18:12 +0200


I do not get your complaint! You opened two of those comments, and closed
only one. The output you get matches your input...


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Allan Reese
Sent: Dienstag, 21. September 2010 11:43
Cc: Stata Technical Support
Subject: st: Bug in comment - and comment on comment

Just found this in V10, so try it in other versions.  It's so blatant!

I have a long complex scatterplot command in a DO file, using /* */ to
ignore line ends.  
With the auto data, put this in a DO file.

scatter weight mpg [fw=price]  /* 
   */ , ms(oh)
di "here"

To see the graph with standard size markers, insert another

scatter weight mpg /* [fw=price]  /* 
   */ , ms(oh)
di "here"

And no output!  But /* inside /* */ should be ignored.  "What appears
inside /* */ is ignored." (help comment).

/* */ has another advantage I'd not noticed before.  When a command
extends over several lines and you want to comment it out of the DO
file, just add * to the first line and all following lines also start *
so are comments.

* scatter ... /*
  */ ... /*
  */ etc 

R Allan Reese
Senior statistician, Cefas
The Nothe, Weymouth DT4 8UB 

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