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Re: st: ado file location in Macintosh OS X
On Feb 2, 2007, at 8:54 PM, Michael McCulloch wrote:
Congrats! Apologies if the discuss below is more basic than you
require; hopefully it will set you on the path (small pun intended)
to solving your current problem.
I've migrated to the Mac, and located my ado file location.
These are in the Stata folder that is located in the Applications
folder, correct? In typical Unix fashion (since Mac OS X is a BSD-
Unix variant), this folder (aka directory) is /Applications/Stata/.
That is what is listed as your "STATA" directory by -sysdir-.
Within directory <ado> are two subdirectories:
[Aside: in Mac OS X, / is the "root" directory on your Mac, which
typically is represented in the Finder by your hard drive icon. (If
you are switching from Windows, it is roughly analogous to the C:\
directory.) Typical subdirectories are /Applications, /Library, /
Users, and /System. Stata (the program) in installed in Stata (the
folder), which is located in Applications (another folder). Programs
like Stata are typically installed in /Applications so that they are
available to all users of your Mac.]
Within /Users, there are at least two subdirectories: /Shared and
your personal user directory, which for the sake of argument I'll
presume is named "michael". In Unix parlance, your personal user
directory is your home directory, which is denoted as ~. Hence, any
directory that begins with a tilde is actually a subdirectory of /
Users/michael. For example, -sysdir- indicates that your PLUS
directory is located in ~/ado/plus/ -- that is, /Users/michael/ado/
When I ask Stata to examine the directories, I see:
I'm not sure I follow. If you use -ssc install- or -net install-,
these files will be placed in your PLUS directory: ~/ado/plus/, or
equivalently, /Users/michael/ado/plus/. Does that work for you?
However, there is no <plus>, where ado files which I've downloaded,
for example -metan-.
Notice there are two different "ado" folders: one in /Applications/
Stata/, and a second in ~/ado/. This set-up mirrors the arrangement
on the standard installation on a PC (IIRC), which places one ado
folder (for BASE and UPDATES) at C:\Program Files\Stata9\ and another
(where your PLUS and PERSONAL ado files reside) at C:\ado\.
And, if I copy the <plus> directory from my PC to the Mac under
<plus>, none of the ado files which I've downloaded are visible.
Hmm, I'm puzzled: in the previous sentence you said there was no
PLUS directory, but now you say you have copied your PC files your
Mac under the PLUS directory. Without a better idea of exactly what
you have done, I am going to guess that one of the following has
1. You copied your PC "plus" folder into /Applications/Stata/ado/ --
beside the /Applications/Stata/ado/base/ and /Applications/Stata/ado/
updates/ folders. That won't work, because Stata is not looking
there for its PLUS directory.
2. You copied your PC "plus" folder into /Users/michael/ado/ (the
correct location according to -sysdir-), but the line endings are PC
(CR/LF) instead of Mac (CR) or Unix (LF). However, that would
probably result in an execution error rather than a "not found" error.
3. You copied your PC "plus" folder into /Users/michael/ado/, but
permissions somehow were not set correctly. If you know something
about working with Unix permissions, you can fix this easily with
Terminal.app. Otherwise, you should be able to fix it by selecting
the "plus" folder and selecting "Get Info..." from the contextual
menu (right-click or control-click on the folder icon), then
selecting "Read & Write" for your "Ownership & Permission" settings
at the bottom of the "plus Info" window.
Based on what you've written, I would put a very high prior
possibility on #1 being the source of your problem, and a vanishingly
small probability on #3. It is not clear to me whether #2 is going
to be a problem or not, because I have never attempted to move ado
files across platforms. While it may not seem efficient, I would
recommend using -adoupdate- to get a list of ado files installed on
your PC, then installing fresh copies on your Mac. It's a bit of a
pain to do that set-up the first time, but subsequently you can keep
both machines up-to-date (if desired) with regular use of -
adoupdate-. In my opinion, that is a lot easier than copying .ado
and .hlp files back and forth across machines.
Hope this helps.
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