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RE: st: Weird behavior of stata.


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Weird behavior of stata.
Date   Tue, 30 Nov 2004 10:20:56 -0000

That shouldn't stop you looking inside 
at the code. It's just Stata. 

More generally, I would always be a 
little circumspect about installing 
programs without help files, for this 
very reason -- unless you understand from 
the code what is going on. 

Although there is naturally a lot of variability, a proper 
job on the help file can take as long as 
writing the code and indicates that the programmer(s) 
thought highly enough of it to write some documentation. 

A program without a help file -- although often offered 
positively and generously as "something that might help"
-- is usually a one-off hack that has not been 
much used or tested. 

Thus SSC, for example, has a threshold that 
packages must include help files, and the STB 
and SJ have always had the equivalent rule. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

adiallo5@worldbank.org
 
> I find the ado somewhere in my c:\  drive.
> But I have no clues what the program is
> doing. I do not have the help file.

... 

> I've accidently typed "g1"  in my command prompt and stata SE 
> 8.2 responds by
> graphing a serie of graphs.
> But when I type "help g1", I receive no response.
> Is g1 a stata command?

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