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Re: st: Using _request() when copy pasting from external editor

From   "Narahari H.S." <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: Using _request() when copy pasting from external editor
Date   Fri, 4 Oct 2013 12:11:42 +0800 (SGT)

Hello Sergiy,

Thanks a lot. This is exactly what I was looking for. However, its not working for me. I first did -net install rs_db_utils- and then used your demo code. But I get the following from Stata. Did I miss something or do I need to install anything else? Sorry if my query is too naive :)


. sysuse auto

(1978 Automobile Data)
. inputbox a, prompt("Input value (0/1):") title("Selection") defval("0")
                 <istmt>:  3499  inputbox() not found
. summarize if (foreign==$a)
invalid syntax

Thank you

----- Original Message -----
From: Sergiy Radyakin <>
To: "" <>
Sent: Thursday, 3 October 2013 10:46 PM
Subject: Re: st: Using _request() when copy pasting from external editor

No Hari, I am afraid Stata only has one buffer for user input and
would not allow you to enter input to the _request while it still has
it occupied with further lines of commands. This does look like a bug
though, since it should not matter whether a command is posted from
keyboard directly or from clipboard in a sequence of other commands.
That's up to StataCorp to fix it or describe as limitation.

As a workaround I suggest you install rs_db_utils (Stata 9.0 or newer,
any platform) and use it instead of _request:

net from

For example:
inputbox a, prompt("A=?")
(result is placed in global named 'a')

Produces a dialog like can be seen here:

And here is your example with auto:
(lines can be pasted from the clipboard to resolve exactly your situation).

Hope this helps.
Best, Sergiy Radyakin

On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 9:43 AM, Narahari H.S. <> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> A simplified version of my code is below (I use Stata 10.1)
> *********************************************************
> sysuse auto
> di "Enter value (0/1): " _request(a)
> sum if foreign==$a
> *********************************************************
> The above works when I "Do" the file from the Stata Do-file editor but if I copy paste the lines from an external editor, Stata does not wait for the user input. Is there a way to make this work when I copy paste?
> Thank you
> Hari
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