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st: ocal macros & do file

From   Anjanette Chan Tack <>
Subject   st: ocal macros & do file
Date   Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:33:39 -0500 (CDT)

I made a local macro in stata called `access', then a made a do file with a host of commands that use `access'. When I run the do file, it executes some commands without a problem, but it fails to execute others.

To test the whether the commands that fail are typed properly in the do file, I copy-and-pasted them into the stata command window. When I press enter, the commands work perfectly. Have any of you come across something like this?

I can't figure out what the problem is. Obviously, I want to be able to run the do-files and not have to enter these commands on at a time. Additional info: I am using stata 9. Also, all the commands that work are of the form:

tab x, summ(`access')

Whereas the ones that fail are all of the form:

tab x y, summ(`access') means

One would think such commands too simple to cause confusion, but there it is. Thanks a lot in advance for your help!

Anjanette M. Chan Tack
PhD student 
University of Chicago Department of Sociology
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