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RE: st: Weird behavior of stata.
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.
> 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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