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st: Re: Populating a local macro

From   "Sherriff, Martyn" <[email protected]>
To   "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject   st: Re: Populating a local macro
Date   Tue, 12 Oct 2010 14:48:46 +0100

I have some data that is created by a test machine which generates 5 datafiles within a directory. Typically there are 20+ directories. If I put these directory names into the local macro name then I can read all the data as follows with this do file fragment:

local name ""Damon_mx 16x22 3M_1.is_comp_RawData" "Damon_mx 16x22 ormco.is_comp_RawData" "Damon_mx 16x22 tp_1.is_comp_RawData" .......

and then do the necessary data processing.

My problem is that I have to create the local by hand and it changes with each experiment - and the name structure can lead to (my) data entry errors.
 I can get a list of the relevant directory names using:

! dir /ad /b >dirlist.txt
. file open myfile using dirlist.txt, read

Is there a way of getting this directory list into the local macro name? I am using Stata 11.

Many thanks.


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