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st: RE: double quotes in var label error findname(ssc)

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: RE: double quotes in var label error findname(ssc)
Date   Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:41:08 +0000

There are several Nicks on this list.... 

-findname- from SSC is not the most recent version, but you have found a bug in -findname- 1.0.2 (SJ 10-4). 

However, assume that you are looking for a pattern including literal double quote characters. Stata's rules imply that the option argument would need to be 


I think I've fixed this in a -findname- 1.0.3 which I will send privately to Marc for testing. 


Kaulisch, Marc

Hi Nick,

I am not sure if we hit a bug in your findname (from ssc) programme. 
We wanted to
findname, varl(*any") loc(st1)
But we get an error: invalid expression error

With set trace on we can spot that those variables cause problems that
include double quotes in the variable labels text. We are not sure if we
are not allowd to have double quotes in variable label texts in the
first place or if we hit a bug in findname...

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