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RE: st: Files, Directories and Macros

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   RE: st: Files, Directories and Macros
Date   Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:37:00 +0000

I disagree. I expect those " " are there precisely because you put them there. If previously to this you had 

. local data `""example.dta""' 

then you are insisting that the " " are part of the macro, not delimiters. Re-define 

. local data example.dta 

and everything should work. 


Andrés Castañeda

I think there is something weird with the extended function of the macros:
If I type,

macro dir
_data:          "example.dta"
_dir:           C:\Temp

Notice that macroname data is enclosed in double quotes while the
macroname dir is not.

how can i get with macros the following path: "C:/Temp/example.dta"
???? I tried the forward slash instead of the backward slash and I
still got an error:

use "`dir'/`data'", clear
invalid 'example.dta'


On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 10:16 AM, Maarten Buis <> wrote:
> 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.
> <snip>
>>  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

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