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st: local within global

From   adrien bouguen <>
Subject   st: local within global
Date   Fri, 25 Nov 2011 16:59:42 +0100


I still face a problem when I want to call a local within a global. I
have got a global which indicates my input directory and another
global which defines some dta names. Stata refuses to open the file
even when I add the curly brackets as advised in other conversations.

For instance:

I define two macros:
global input "directory"
global X "X1 X2 X3 X4"

then a loop such as:

foreach i in $score {
use "$input\`i'", clear
does not work. Writing "${input\`i'}" or "${input}\`i'" or even
"${input\{`i'}}" does not solve the problem.

I make it work with the cumbersome:
foreach i in $score {
local j="`i'"
use "$input\`j'", clear
Is there any other way?

Adrien Bouguen
Chef de Projet
Poverty Action Lab J-PAL Europe
Paris School of Economics
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