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st: -capture noisily- shorthand

From   annoporci <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: -capture noisily- shorthand
Date   Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:27:34 +0800

Dear Statalist,

I want to systematically use -capture noisily- throughout a do-file with multiple loops (as some fail).

The shortest form for it is -cap n-

Not bad. However, I thought it would be neater to have something even shorter, say -cn-. Unfortunately that's an "unrecognized command" (implemented in a future version of Stata maybe?)

I defined a macro to store "capture noisily" and repeatedly use the macro. See the example code below.

I used a "global" macro so that I could use the dollar sign in front of it -- easy to type and remember.

The trick seems to work, but is it an acceptable practice? any pitfalls?

many thanks.

Patrick Toche.

/// Different ways of preceding a command with -capture noisily-

clear all

sysuse auto

capture noisily regress price mpg rep78

cap n reg price mpg rep78

cap n reg price mpg rep79

global cn "capture noisily"

$cn reg price mpg rep78

$cn reg price mpg rep79

regress price mpg rep78
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