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st: Re: choosing between sj and ssc...one more thing
From: Kit Baum <email@example.com>
Date: August 31, 2006 10:29:26 PM EDT
Subject: choosing between sj and ssc...one more thing
As Stas indicates, SSC and SJ are far from the only
outlets whereby user-programmers can make their
work more available.
is a list of many such sites, including that of
Stas. Those who like total independence can
still operate and advertise exactly as desired!
Also, anyone could write an analogue of -ssc-
to ease transfers from their site.
I should point out that RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), in
which the SSC archive is based, inherently allows downloadable files
(e.g., the program files in a package) to live anywhere on the
Internet, so a RePEc template can describe Stas' package and point to
his site for the download.
HOWEVER Stata's "net install" facility was designed to specifically
prohibit that action. Files referenced in a Stata package file must
live on the same machine. That restriction is not technical, but
security-driven; in a world where many authors can no longer email me
a 'foo.hlp' file, even in zipped format, Stata's security constraints
are surely appropriate. Thus the necessity for anything "SSC-able" to
live on the SSC server here at BC. But I should remind authors of SSC
packages that while setting up a package entails some work on my part
(less for a second, third... package from the same author), updating
the files within it (and the package's distribution date) takes a few
seconds, with drag-n-drop.
Kit Baum, Boston College Economics
An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata:
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