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TOUCH: Stata module to create a blank data file


  • Ari Friedman



touch creates a blank data file of the type specified. This is useful to avoid append loops failing on the first run due to the file not existing, and is a slightly more elegant solution than -cap append-, as append will still abort the program if there is a real problem. It is similar to the UNIX command touch.

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  • Ari Friedman, 2008. "TOUCH: Stata module to create a blank data file," Statistical Software Components S456904, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 18 Oct 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocode:s456904
    Note: This module should be installed from within Stata by typing "ssc install touch". The module is made available under terms of the GPL v3 ( Windows users should not attempt to download these files with a web browser.

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