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Re: st: -help- vs. -whelp-
Friedrich Huebler <firstname.lastname@example.org> asks:
> The help file for some commands can only be displayed with -help-.
> For example, -whelp ado- and -whelp update- don't display the help
> file but execute -ado- and -update- in the Stata Viewer. Stata has
> behaved this way since the release of version 8.0.
-whelp- is just a convenience command that pulls up the Viewer
and then executes (in the Viewer) whatever was specified after
-whelp-. The Viewer allows a handful of commands (see -help
viewer- and -help view- for details). By default, the Viewer
command -help- is assumed. That means that for most cases you
. whelp whatever
where "whatever" is replaced by a command name, and the Viewer
will show the help for "whatever". It is as if you said
. whelp help whatever
. view help whatever
For the handful of commands that are Viewer commands, such as
-ado-, you need to say something like
. whelp help ado
so that it does not think you are requesting the -ado- Viewer
command, but instead the help for for -ado-.
Ken Higbee email@example.com
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