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st: RE: Doh! Command line variable name expansion

From   "Maarten Buis" <>
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Subject   st: RE: Doh! Command line variable name expansion
Date   Thu, 23 Aug 2007 16:01:04 +0200

The oldest version I have on my computer is Stata 8 (I use it to test if a 
program works on Stata 8 if I claim it does), and the tab trick works 
there as well (and I was unaware of it till now as well)

-- Maarten

Maarten L. Buis
Department of Social Research Methodology 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
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1081 HV Amsterdam 
The Netherlands

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-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of David Elliott
Sent: donderdag 23 augustus 2007 15:48
Subject: st: Doh! Command line variable name expansion

I've been using Stata for years and never noticed this.  I was typing
a command and had part of a variable name typed and hit TAB rather
than the intended 'q' and the variable name was completed for me.  As
long as you type enough to uniquely identify the variable you can hit
TAB and have it unabbreviated.

Is this something new that was snuck in or have I been asleep at the
wheel all this time? I haven't been able to find mention of it,
although my search of the manuals and help (using -hsearch
unabbreviate- and -hsearch command line- and -hsearch tab-) was not

If it is new - then thanks Stata!  I've always called Stata the stats
package for lazy people, now you can be even lazier ;-)

David Elliott
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