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st: Re: RE: Question about match merge on name (bug in extrname)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel R Sabath" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
> The exact error message is:
> . extrname name, all
> invalid syntax
> 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.
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"
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