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Re: st: Re: Transfering multiple data to stata format.

From   Roger Newson <>
Subject   Re: st: Re: Transfering multiple data to stata format.
Date   Fri, 02 Sep 2005 13:28:38 +0100

At 05:51 02/09/2005, Friedrich Huebler wrote:

You can do many things with the help of Stata's -shell- command. In
Windows, -shell- is used to execute DOS commands. One ZIP program
with command line support is WinZIP (
There are also free alternatives like 7-zip (, which
can be run from a command line with the HX DOS Extender
I think the problem in Amadou's case is that DBMS Copy cannot be run using a DOS command, and must instead be launched somehow in Windows, giving the user the responsibility to exit at the end. (At least, this was the case when I last looked into DBMS Copy some years ago, and was an important reason for preferring StatTransfer.)

Of course, if you look in the Program Manager and find DBMS Copy and look at its Properties, then you will presumably find a DOS command which launches DBMS Copy. However, I am not sure that you can tell DBMS Copy to launch itself and immediately to copy a list of files. I do not think that you can even tell it to launch itself and to immediately execute a script file of DBMS Copy commands. I think you probably have to launch DBMS Copy and then talk directly to DBMS Copy. (But don't quote me on that, as DBMS Copy may have improved, and may be owned by the kind of sue-minded people that usually get to run unfriendly software companies.)


Roger Newson
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