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Re: st: capturing directories and file names that start with numebrs, ex: "1111.zip" (problem with dir extended_macro_function)


From   daniel klein <klein.daniel.81@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: capturing directories and file names that start with numebrs, ex: "1111.zip" (problem with dir extended_macro_function)
Date   Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:02:54 +0100

Lucas,

you need to be more specific on what exactly you mean, claiming that
"it does not work", and what exactly "that" is, you want to
"circumvent" here, as suggested in the FAQs
(http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/resources/statalist-faq/#advice).

This works perfect for me

cd c:/ado
sysuse auto ,clear
sa 42.dta
di `": dir . file "*.dta""'
erase 42.dta

Best
Daniel

-- 
Dear statalisters,

I need to import tousands of files that are in a folder. I know I
should to first extract a list with the file names.
The normal way to do that would be:

cd "directory name"
local allfiles : dir . files "*"

This works with alfabetic file-names. The problem is that file names
are numeric. For example:

"10001.zip"
"10002.zip"
"10003.zip"

the extended macro function "dir" does not seem to cope with numeric filenames.
( I also tryed with .dta files (like 111.dta, 222.dta) and it does not work.

Is there a way to circunvet this and get the correct list of file names?

regards
Lucas Mation
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