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Re: st: Re: Prompt user of ado file for input & output file names & path


From   Eric Booth <ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu>
To   "<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: Re: Prompt user of ado file for input & output file names & path
Date   Mon, 4 Jul 2011 17:19:10 +0000

<>

As Nick suggested, -dialog- boxes are what you want (especially to allow users to navigate folders); however,  I also like to use -display, request()- (see -help display-) and thought others may find it useful:

******************
di `"  TYPE THE FILEPATH INTO THE COMMAND WINDOW AND THEN PRESS ENTER  "'  _request(ans)
	**puts path in global macro $ans

**echo that back to the user:
window stopbox note `"PATH ENTERS AS :  $ans"'
*or:
di `"PATH ENTERED AS:  $ans"'
******************

- Eric
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Eric A. Booth
Public Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M University
ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu


On Jul 4, 2011, at 6:51 AM, Nick Cox wrote:

> . search dialog
> 
> On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 12:47 PM, Partho Sarkar <partho.ss@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> This may be a very basic question!  I am writing an ado file which
>> will take a data file, perform some operations on the data, and write
>> the resulting data to another file.  How could I write commands to ask
>> the user to enter the names (with paths) of the input & output files?
>> This could be either in the form of displaying a text box/boxes for
>> the file names or, much more preferably, allow the user to browse (in
>> Windows) to the directory & input file.
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