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Re: st: Stata Temp File issue

From   Eric Booth <>
To   "<>" <>
Subject   Re: st: Stata Temp File issue
Date   Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:16:14 +0000


Adding to Kevin's comment:   I've always set the temp directory before launching Stata as described in the FAQ:

For some reason, setting the temp file location in DOS doesn't always "take" when I launch Stata afterward.   That is,  if I set the tempfile location in DOS (as described on the page linked above) and then double click on my Stata icon I still don't always get the right tempfile path path when I type 
tempfile j
di "`j'"
in the new instance of Stata.  However, I've had more success if set the tempfile location in DOS and then subsequently launch Stata from DOS.  I don't know that this is what _causes_ the new instance of Stata to use the correct tempfile location or not; but it seems to work for me if I follow this process.

- Eric
Eric A. Booth
Public Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M University

On Dec 14, 2010, at 1:56 PM, Kevin Geraghty wrote:

> try << display "`c(tmpdir)'" >> and see what it tells you.
> Hm. It looks like you can't set it once you launch stata, that you have to set it beforehand using environment variables.
> so you would have to do something like this on windows:
> in a shell script or on the command line of a dos window:
> set STATATMP="c:\temp" (or your choice of temp directory for this invocation)
> <then invoke your executable from your shell window>
> you can check if you got it right by typing << display "`c(tmpdir)'" >> again
> ----- "John C. Vernaleo" <> wrote:
>>> I realize you shouldn't have to do this, that stata ought to be able
>> to keep track of this stuff on its own, but one straightforward fix
>> for this problem might be explicitly setting the temp directory at the
>> start of each concurrent job, so that they don't share the same
>> temp/work directory, and there will be no file naming conflicts for
>> active temporary files.
>> Assuming I'm understanding my situation correctly, that solution would
>> be
>> great.
>>> something like:
>>> sysdir set tmpdir <my chosen temporary directory>
>> When I try that I get:
>> . sysdir set tmpdir     "C:\temp\"
>> tmpdir not found
>> And then:
>> . sysdir list
>> STATA:  C:\Program Files\Stata9\
>> UPDATES:  C:\Program Files\Stata9\ado\updates\
>> BASE:  C:\Program Files\Stata9\ado\base\
>> SITE:  C:\Program Files\Stata9\ado\site\
>> PLUS:  c:\ado\plus\
>> PERSONAL:  c:\ado\personal\
>> OLDPLACE:  c:\ado\
>> So it doesn't look like tmpdir is something Stata knows about.  I
>> guess it
>> just uses whatever Windows sets as the temp directory (do you know if
>> Stata uses TEMP or TMP offhand since I seem to have both defined by
>> Windows?).
>> If that is the case I guess I can set the Windows temp variable (once
>> I
>> figure out which one it is) to something specific for each of the
>> Stata
>> processes.
>> I will of course report back if I have success with that.
>> John
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