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st: Re: cmdname

From   baum <>
Subject   st: Re: cmdname
Date   Thu, 31 Oct 2002 08:49:30 -0500

--On Thursday, October 31, 2002 2:33 -0500 Pat wrote:

Until now, I had no idea -cmdname- existed despite having contributed a
number of files to SSC.  Ignorance is no excuse, however, the lack of
uptake w.r.t -cmdname- is not surprising given how little publicity it got
recently: a search of all 35,000 messages on the Statalist archive doesn't
turn up any references to -cmdname-.  The fact that -findit cmdname-
points to an insert in STB-51 is moot since you have to know the command
exists before even thinking of running the search.
I used to religiously invoke cmdname for everything I wrote. I gave up that practice the day a STB issue was published with a user-written command that duplicated one of my registered command names, and forced me to change it. Obviously if this sort of collision cannot be prevented by cmdname, it isn't very useful.

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