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Re: Re: st: RE: Doh! Command line variable name expansion


From   khigbee@stata.com
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: Re: st: RE: Doh! Command line variable name expansion
Date   Thu, 23 Aug 2007 09:42:56 -0500

Concerning tab-completion of file names in Stata, Neil Shephard
<n.shephard@sheffield.ac.uk> said:

> On 8/23/07, Maarten Buis <M.Buis@fsw.vu.nl> wrote:
>> 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)
> 
> I suspect its  a bit of a throwback to command and filename completion
> on various shells on *NIX like systems (and more recently windows
> command prompt).  I've been using the feature since at least version 8
> and find it exceptionally useful as I'm very lazy with my typing.
> 
> It may be buried in the -man whatsnew- information somewhere, but I
> don't have the time to search through them.

Take a look at whatsnew7to8.sthlp at item 2 under the heading
"What's new in the user interface".  It says:

2.  Stata now has tab-name completion.  When typing a command, type
    the first few letters of a variable name and press tab.

So it looks like we added that ability between Stata 7 and Stata 8.

Ken Higbee    khigbee@stata.com
StataCorp     1-800-STATAPC

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