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st: Re: guaranteed to be present
--On Thursday, February 13, 2003 2:33 -0500 Nick wrote:
Well, following the Cox principle of only working in 8-space, my copy of
Mac OS X (which is the only relevant Mac OS for Stata 8 users) responds to
'which gzip' with '/usr/bin/gzip'. So every Mac OS X user will have it
available. I don't know about WinXP. But if Mac OS X users want to use
gzip, they have it readily available. (In reality, the Stuffit Expander app
provided with OS X will also do ungzipping, but will not create a .gz file).
... "guaranteed to be present" was the sting, which
is a distance away from "available in principle".
But I agree--there is no need for this to be a Stata command, given the
idiosyncratic nature in which gzipped (or other compressed-format files)
might be used in a program. As long as we can invoke system commands from
within a program (in any OS), we can do whatever (de)compression is needed
on the fly.
Christopher F Baum, Boston College Economics, Chestnut Hill MA 02467 USA
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