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Re: st: lcolor not allowed

From   Michael Hanson <>
Subject   Re: st: lcolor not allowed
Date   Wed, 15 Aug 2007 10:28:49 -0400

On Aug 15, 2007, at 8:41 AM, Davide Cantoni wrote:

when doing graphics, and while trying to influence their appearance in
terms of line color, I do always get the message: (whatever kind of
graph I'm trying to create)

option lcolor() not allowed

The point is: I run exactly the same graph command on another
computer, and it works perfectly as it should. So it's not a syntax
problem. It's just on my computer. I have updated stata, but still the
same. My computer has Intercooled Stata 9.2 for Macintosh. The other
computer I tried was a Windows XP with Intercooled Stata 9.2, and
there, as I mentioned before, everything ran smoothly. Any
In my experience, the purported Mac vs. PC aspect of your problem is a red herring. More likely, one of the two following situations exist:

1. You have not entered *exactly* the same commands on both computers. The error you report can be caused by a misplaced comma or parentheses, or possibly by forgetting a line continuation (such as "///") -- all of which are difficult to spot with the unaided eye.

Relatedly, you have not followed the advice of the Statalist FAQ: "Say exactly what you typed and exactly what Stata typed (or did) in response. N.B. exactly!" To reiterate: *exactly*!

2. Your version of Stata is not completely up-to-date on your Mac, relative to the PC you tried. Type -update all- and follow the advice given. Don't forget to "swap" the executable if instructed to do so. (That is, launch the new Stata program that is placed in your /Applications/Stata folder -- don't keep running the outdated one.) A less-than-complete update could create an environment in which standard commands produce non-standard results or errors.

Hope this helps.

-- Mike

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