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Re: st: exact row in which error occurs

From   Jeph Herrin <>
Subject   Re: st: exact row in which error occurs
Date   Sun, 27 Nov 2011 11:13:17 -0500

I would be happy if Stata could keep track of the name of the do-file
(or program) that was currently active. I have tried on several occasions
to write a wrapper that would do this for me via some global variable(s),
but it's not possible to manage the situation where a Stata ado-file calls
another ado-file.

On 11/24/2011 7:39 AM, Ivica Rubil wrote:
I agree. But, it would still be useful that Stata can detect the exact
line where an error occurs in cases where one has a code in which no
other .do file is called.


Ivica Rubil
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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: 24. studeni 2011 12:28
Subject: Re: st: exact row in which error occurs

Stata doesn't work in this way, partly because do-files can and
usually do call other do-files, ado-files, commands, functions, etc.,
and a row number -- presumably meaning file line number -- would not
have very much meaning in many instances, and/or would refer to a line
in code that is proprietary and so hidden from you.

-set trace- leads to ways of detecting where errors occur. Otherwise
the difference between -do- and -run- is important here.


On Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM, Ivica Rubil<>  wrote:

does anybody of you know if there is a way to get Stata give me the
exact row number where an error occurs in a do file? I'm surprised
Stata -- way too "smart" a program -- does not give it regularly,
included in error messages.
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