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st: aliases for help files


From   "Ben Jann" <ben.jann@soz.gess.ethz.ch>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: aliases for help files
Date   Fri, 19 May 2006 14:38:26 +0200

Hi, I asked Stata Tech Support about whether it is possible for users to
create aliases for help files:

> Stata 9 has files containing helpfile aliases (e.g.
> "ahelp_alias.maint"). My question is whether there is any way to
provide
> such alias-files in user packages. The background is as follows: My
> -moremata- package (see -ssc d moremata-) contains some 50 functions
or
> so and keeps on growing. For each function there is a sourcefile and a
> helpfile. However only about 20 helpfiles or so are "real" helpfiles.
> The remaining helpfiles just point to another helpfile (i.e. contain
".h
> whatever" to point to whatever.hlp). It would be great to be able to
> gather together these aliases in just one file and thus reduce the
> number of files in the package.

Stata Tech Support replied:

> Unfortunately, there isn't a way for users to create their own aliases
for
> help files, etc.  You might want to post your question to Stata's list
> server (Statalist) to see what other authors have done in the past.

So this is what I do now. Does anyone have suggestions?

Thanks,
ben

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