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Re: st: "unrecognized command: merge" when reshaping


From   Seb Buechte <sfbuechte@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: "unrecognized command: merge" when reshaping
Date   Wed, 13 Apr 2005 18:52:24 +0200

Dan.
apparently "reshape"-command which is found in "reshape.ado" makes use
of the "merge"-command. So I join David Kantor on his advice to make
it available on your system.

Sebastian

ps
When posting a request to the list a hint indicating what version of
Stata you are using and when you last updated it would be really
helpful.


On 4/13/05, David Kantor <dkantor@jhu.edu> wrote:
> At 02:10 PM 4/13/2005 +0100, Dan Rigby  wrote:
> >When I run these commands I get an error message. The data file
> >is 2000 obs and I want to reshape it into 50 x 50 after the density
> >plot:
> >
> >set matsize 800
> >kdens2 var6 var7 , saving(c:/testdan2, replace)
> >clear
> >use c:/testdan2
> >reshape wide d _var7 _var6, i(_i) j(_j)
> >
> >the error reads:
> >unrecognized command:  merge
> >r(199)
> >
> >there is a similar question from last year in the statalist archive but
> >I can't see an answer to it.
> >
> >Any advice appreciated.
> >
> >thanks,
> >dan rigby
> >[...]
> 
> I suspect that you are missing merge.ado, or it is not on your
> adopath.  Try typing
>   merge
> and see if you get
>   unrecognized command:  merge
> 
> Originally, merge was a built-in command. More recently, they changed its
> name to _merge and gave you merge.ado as a front-end to access it, and to
> provide some extra features.
> 
> I, too, had the same situation for a while, until I was able to update my
> ados.  As a stopgap measure, you can manually type,
>   prog def merge
>   _merge `*'
>   end
> 
> This will give you access to _merge as if it were named merge.  That is,
> you get the base-level functionality (the old merge), but without the extra
> features of merge.ado such as merging multiple files in one call.  In your
> particular situation, whether this works will depend on whether reshape
> makes use of the extra features (assuming that it is reshape where the
> error occurred); I don't know, but I suspect not.
> 
> But the proper solution, assuming I am correct, is to update your ados.  Or
> possibly check to see that your adopath is properly set.
> 
> -- David
> 
> 
> David Kantor
> Institute for Policy Studies
> Johns Hopkins University
> dkantor@jhu.edu
> 410-516-5404
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