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SHORTDIR: Stata module to return the short Windows directory path name


  • Dan Blanchette

    () (The Carolina Population Center, UNC-CH)


shortdir is designed for programmers who want to know what the short directory name (a.k.a. "8.3" name) that DOS names a directory when it contains spaces in the name or has more than 8 characters in the name. This command only works in Windows because it shells out to a DOS prompt in order to get the short directory name that Windows came up with. The formula "Take the first 6 non-space characters and add '~1'" to the directory name does not reliably work in all situations.

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  • Dan Blanchette, 2003. "SHORTDIR: Stata module to return the short Windows directory path name," Statistical Software Components S435508, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 26 Feb 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocode:s435508
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