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st: Re: console Stata

From   Christopher F Baum <>
Subject   st: Re: console Stata
Date   Thu, 26 Sep 2002 08:40:41 -0400

--On Thursday, September 26, 2002 2:33 -0400 Philippe wrote:

I would gladly see in the next version of stata(console) a tab completion
mode (using the tab key to complete variable or command names and
present a list of possible completions when more than one is
available, a most useful feature), as well as more customizable key
bindings. I got used to typing C-r to recall past commands, but the
page-up bind strikes me as kind of unusual for that purpose, when most
shells (unix shells) or text interfaces do that task upon hitting the
up-key. I would rather be happy to use the page-up key to make the buffer
scroll-up. By the way, is it possible to scroll up the results
window of the GUI version of stata (xstata) with keys only?
Quite a good set of suggestions. One must be careful with adding intelligence to command-line-completion, though. The command-line OS X has such a feature, where it guesses which Unix command you probably meant, and proposes it. For instance, a misspelling of Unix command 'ls' :

$ lt -l bill*

the interpreter will yield

$ ls -l bill* ? OK?

and for the 'command'

$ bill gates

the comamnd interpreter will helpfully propose

$ kill gates ? OK?


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