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Re: st: macro list parsing


From   Maarten Buis <maartenlbuis@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: macro list parsing
Date   Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:28:49 +0100

On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM, Jakob Petersen <jpeterb@essex.ac.uk> wrote:
> I am trying order the variables on one file according to the order on
> another file.
> This works well on the example datasets, e.g.
>
> *********************************************
> sysuse autornd.dta,clear
> ds
> local orderlist `r(varlist)'
> sysuse auto.dta,clear
> d
> order `orderlist',after(turn)
> d
> *********************************************
>
> But returns an error code when I attempt the same on my own data:
>
> variable __000005 not found
> r(111);

It means that you have a temporary variable in your original file, and
this variable obviously does not exist in the other files. You can
exclude temporary variables from the local orderlist by typing

ds __*, not
local orderlist `r(varlist)'

The trick is that temporary variables have, for as long as they exist,
names that start with two underscores.

Hope this helps,
Maarten

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Universitaet Tuebingen
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Germany


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