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Re: st: Re: Unwanted pause after -shell- in do-file

From   David Kantor <>
Subject   Re: st: Re: Unwanted pause after -shell- in do-file
Date   Mon, 14 Feb 2005 17:12:07 -0500

Another couple of thougths:

This may be a matter of XP finding memory space to run the command. And if you have used up a lot with Stata (and other applications), it may be shuffling memory or using virtual memory. Try doing it while Stata is using a small amount of memory, and see if that makes a difference.

I just tried it on WIN 2000, with no problem. It may possibly work better on my "less-advanced" system.


At 03:59 PM 2/14/2005 -0600, you wrote:

I agree. I think this is an XP issue. I get exactly the same very intermittent delays and screens on a command like this:

shell dir *.hlp /S/b > sfiles.txt

I have thought that XP was "busy" at the moment and that it was the cause of the delay.

Fred Wolfe
David Kantor
Institute for Policy Studies
Johns Hopkins University
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