I wrote my first
runall.sh file and it took me longer than it should have to make it work. I am therefore writing it down for future reference and maybe it also helps some other people. The task was to have a shell file that I could run from Atom on my Mac and it should execute some Matlab and Stata code. Here is what I had to do.
1) Making sure Matlab and Stata are both added to the path
On a Mac that means adding the following two lines in the
.profile file which is located at
/Users/yourusername/. You might have to adjust the code to fit the location and version of your installed software.
export PATH=$PATH:/Applications/Stata/StataMP.app/Contents/MacOS/ export PATH=$PATH:/Applications/MATLAB_R2017a.app/bin
2) Install script package in Atom
To execute the shell file in Atom, I installed the script package. It’s default keybinding was conflicting with another package that I had installed, so I had to change it by adding the following two lines to my keymap file.
'atom-text-editor': 'alt-cmd-enter': 'script:run'
3) The shell file
This is my final shell file saved as
runall.sh in my project folder.
cd "/Users/path_to_/matlab_and/stata_files/" matlab -nosplash -nodisplay -nodesktop -r "run Step1.m; quit" > matoutfile StataMP -b do Step2.do
The crucial part was to add the
; quit. Without it, the switching from Matlab to Stata wouldn’t work. I chose to set the working directory in the beginning. Otherwise I would have to make sure to start Atom from the command line to make sure the script package starts the code from the right directory.