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Re: st: Files, Directories and Macros

From   Maarten Buis <>
Subject   Re: st: Files, Directories and Macros
Date   Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:16:04 +0100

2012/1/31 Andrés Castañeda :
> I have a problem using macros to organize files. Let’s say that in the
> folder "C:\Temp" I have a UNIQUE dta file named “example.dta”. I need
> to call this file in Stata by using macros.
>  use "$dir\"`data', clear
> invalid '"example.dta'

See: Nicholas J Cox (2008) Stata tip 65: Beware the backstabbing
backslash. The Stata Journal, 8(3): 446-447.

In short, the answer is:
use "$dir/`data'", clear

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen

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