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Re: st: Keymappings/backspace/insert/overwrite using Stata/Linux at the console


From   Dave Ewart <davee@ceu.ox.ac.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Keymappings/backspace/insert/overwrite using Stata/Linux at the console
Date   Thu, 17 May 2007 08:59:50 +0100

On Wednesday, 16.05.2007 at 09:00 +0100, Dave Ewart wrote:

> > >Something that I've been wondering about for a while: is there any
> > >way to modify the way that Stata's command-line editing works,
> > >specifically for Stata 9 under Linux, working at the console (i.e.
> > >'stata' rather than 'xstata')?
> > >
> > >By default, command-line editing is in 'overwrite' mode, which
> > >means that if you type:
> > >
> > >  use ataset.dta
> > >
> > >and realise that I meant 'dataset.dta', I move the cursor on to the
> > >'a' at the start of 'ataset' and then type 'd', I see:
> > >
> > >  use dtaset.dta
> > >
> > >which isn't what I want either.  Instead, I must hit my "Insert"
> > >key first.
> > >
> > > [...]

To follow up my own post, with a possible solution that I have
discovered: one can wrap the Stata process with 'rlwrap', which is
GNU-Readline wrapper to any process, allowing GNU-Readline-style command
line editing.

e.g.

 rlwrap -a -c -b ' ' stata-se

which allows one to do the usual command-line editing *and* also stores
the Stata command history (between sessions, as well as within sessions)
*and* enables filename completion for files in the current directory.

Some fine-tuning may be needed of the rlwrap parameters, depending on
one's one circumstances, terminal settings and so on.

All in all, though, this is actually quite a nice solution.

Dave.
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