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st: RE: Question about match merge on name (bug in extrname)
There is a bug in extrname. If the variable _merge exists then extrname will
fail with a very vague "invalid syntax" error. If you have seen this
behavior the fix is to either drop or rename the variable from "_merge" to
The exact error message is:
. extrname name, all
I have logged this bug with Stata and am posting with the hope that this
will keep someone else from wasting 2 hours trying to figure out why it
fails after a merge but not any other time.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 1:32 PM
Subject: st: RE: Question about match merge on name
Bill Gould worked on personal name questions a while back.
. search extrname
That may help directly or indirectly.
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