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st: which witch or witch which?


From   "Steichen, Thomas J." <SteichT@rjrt.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: which witch or witch which?
Date   Thu, 21 Oct 2004 14:57:00 -0400

Just in time for Halloween, a devilishly simple utility program called -witch- has been placed on the Boston SSC archive.  The whole
syntax is:

   witch fname[.ftype] [, noall noalltypes]

That is, everything except a filename is optional... no tricks, just a treat.

The abstract claims, that "-witch- is a more comprehensive version of the Stata-supplied command -which-.  Like -which-, it looks
for file "fname.ftype" along the S_ADO path.  Unlike -which-, it reports the location of all files matching fname.ftype found along
the search path, not just the first one.  Further, if ".ftype" is omitted, -witch- automatically searches along the ado-path for
"fname" with all ftype's .ado, .hlp, .dlg, .idlg, .class, .scheme, and ..style."

Realistically, -witch- is useful mostly for locating all locally installed versions of an .ado along with all versions of its
supporting .hlp and .dlg files.

Thomas J. Steichen
steicht@rjrt.com

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