Wednesday, March 15, 2006

st: RE: macro expansion

You have a trailing slash in your path macro, but then you manually add another slash in your save command.

You have a backslash in your fname macro which should be a forward slash.

It's often helpful to use a display command to check what you are trying to do in situations like this, i.e.:

display "`path'/`fname'`i'"

-----Original Message----- From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Sean Shu Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 3:10 PM To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject: st: macro expansion

Hi there,

I have following code which let two local macros expand in a file path. But after running the looping, the files are saved under C: directly, instead of the directory suggested by the code.

local path = "C:/EPI Projects/RRFSS Trends/" local fname = "Smoking Vehicle\vehicle0" cd "C:\EPI Projects\RRFSS Trends\data" forval i = 1/4 { insheet cat prop ucl lcl popsize using raw0`i'.txt, clear generate year = 200`i' save "`path'/`fname'`i'", replace }

Messages from STATA after running the above code forval i = 1/4 { 2. insheet cat prop ucl lcl popsize using raw0`i'.txt, clear 3. generate year = 200`i' 4. *save "C:\EPI Projects/RRFSS, replace . save "`path'/`fname'`i'", replace 5. }

(5 vars, 2 obs) file /1.dta saved (5 vars, 2 obs) file /2.dta saved (5 vars, 2 obs) file /3.dta saved (5 vars, 2 obs) file /4.dta saved

Any one knows what has gone wrong? Thanks so much!

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