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st: Re: RE: Question about match merge on name (bug in extrname)


From   "Scott Merryman" <smerryman@kc.rr.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Re: RE: Question about match merge on name (bug in extrname)
Date   Thu, 21 Aug 2003 20:08:31 -0500

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Daniel R Sabath" <sabathd@u.washington.edu>
To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2003 12:01 PM
Subject: 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
> "merge".
>
> The exact error message is:
>
> . extrname name, all
> ...
> invalid syntax
> r(110);
>
> 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.
>
> Dan

Given that -extrname- is 10 years old, I would expect some problems.....

Amusingly, the help file does suggest that you fax problem names to William
Gould at the "Computing Resource Center"

-Scott



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