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st: RE: Making saveold a permanent option
I'm pretty sure that there isn't.
Argument #1: what StataCorp expects of users
Basically StataCorp has a presumption that -save-
meams "-save- for the present version of Stata".
Over users and over uses that must be the overwhelming
need. Letting you -save- back one version of Stata
(and only one) is an indulgence (and a welcome one).
Bluntly, StataCorp really want to encourage you to
keep up-to-date, although changing the structure of .dta
files is not undertaken to frustrate you.
So what, you are saying. All I'm asking is that
I can configure my own private Stata. Here then
is argument #2.
Argument #2: a risk of side-effects
Suppose there were a setting that meant that for you
-save- really was a shortcut for -saveold-. This
could break or subvert programs you used and do files you wrote
in which -save- really did mean
-save-. Even if you remembered this always in your own
practice and were sensitive to it, there is always
the matter of Stata's own programs that might use
-save- or user-written programs that might use -save-.
You won't to look inside each and check for the bug
that is the consequence of your own decision.
As between some versions of Stata and the
previous one, that could be a major hassle. Quite
how major is difficult to say, as -save- may not
be invoked that frequently outside interactive use,
but it's something else to bear in mind.
No, the onus lies on you to find a way to remember
this. Perhaps you can think of a word with pleasant
associations, and then just write a wrapper
N.B. you cannot write
as Stata will _always_ give preference to the built-in.
There is no way that Stata 7 can open Stata 8 .dta files.
> My pc at home has Stata 7, and at the office I use Stata 8.
> I often forget
> to specify "saveold" when moving data from the office to
> home. Is there any
> way to tell Stata 8 to always save data sets as Stata 7 (make
> saveold the
> default)? I know this may seem trivial, but I think it would
> be a useful
> feature. If this is not possible, would there be
> disadvantages to adding such
> an option?
> Finally, if I have data in Stata 8 format that I need to open
> in Stata 7, is
> there a way to do so (in an emergency:-))?
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