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st: RE: unable to install patches
If an extra argument were needed, I suggest this one.
In my experience, *.zip files are not all openable
even with software supposedly designed for that purpose.
I have a recent PKZip installed on my Windows machine
and also an older one. Quite frequently the newer
one can see inside a .zip file but can extract nothing.
On these occasions the older PKZip can, bizarrely,
do the job.
I presumed in my ignorance that there was
a single standard .zip format but this appears not
to be the case.
> There is surely NO intention nor willingness to do that; it would
> vastly complicate the maintenance of the SSC Archive, and lead to
> unending hassles with ensuring that the latest version of
> materials is
> stored in the zip files. There is no reason why one should
> not be able
> to use Stata's ssc command to download materials. There are
> features in
> Stata that allow the use of proxy servers (I had to use one
> at a UK uni
> last year in order to get ssc to work) and since Stata is merely
> issuing requests on port 80, the standard HTTP port, there is
> no reason
> why any browser should work on a machine yet Stata will not.
> The way to
> solve this problem is first of all to figure out why Stata
> cannot "see"
> port 80, yet a browser on the same machine can; that is not an
> insoluble firewall issue. See
> Secondly, I would suggest use (as in one of my prior postings) of a
> utility like 'curl' or 'wget'. There must be something like that for
> the world's most commonly used OS.
> Third, I would suggest use of the EconPapers site to download
> materials, from which you can right-click or option-click.
> And if the latter solution is overly tedious for a SSC item with many
> parts, return to (1) and get the firewall issue sorted out. It is
> possible to do so.
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