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"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> |

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st: RE: Making saveold a permanent option |

Date |
Tue, 2 Mar 2004 21:32:00 -0000 |

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 program niceword version 8 saveold `0' end Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk N.B. you cannot write program save version 8 saveold `0' end as Stata will _always_ give preference to the built-in. There is no way that Stata 7 can open Stata 8 .dta files. Petersen, Karen > 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:-))? * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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