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st: RE: RE: RE: Saving data in compressed format? - wishlist...


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: RE: RE: Saving data in compressed format? - wishlist...
Date   Wed, 12 Feb 2003 20:35:17 -0000

Lee Sieswerda

> Nick asked:
> 
> "Is there any compression/decompression
> > utility that is (a) not proprietary and (b) not shareware
> > and (c) guaranteed to be present on all platforms on 
> which Stata is
> > supported?"
> > 
> gzip/zlib are open source and cross-platform between 
> Windows, Unix, and Mac
> OS X. Don't know about OS 9.

... "guaranteed to be present" was the sting, which 
is a distance away from "available in principle". 

Absent Stata's own compressed format, it is pertinent 
that many users would not want to be obliged to 
install software even if free -- and many are not 
in a position to install software unilaterally 
within institutional set-ups. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

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