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st: RE: unable to install patches

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: unable to install patches
Date   Fri, 28 May 2004 16:46:13 +0100

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. 


Kit Baum
> 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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