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Re: st: graph box error


From   Ulrich Kohler <kohler@wzb.eu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: graph box error
Date   Thu, 27 Sep 2007 09:03:44 +0200

Puzzling. What I see here is that wsestata.exe is installed in "c:/",
which is bit unusual. With this setting, the "official" ado-directories
and the "unofficial ado-directories" share the same directory root,
namely "C:/ado". I, personally, would not want this but I'm not sure
whether this can be the explanation for the weired behavior. 

You can try to reinstall Stata using a more common directory root for
the installation (just keep the default setting of the installer).
Otherwise I recommend to contact tech-support@stata.com with this. 

Many regards
Uli

Am Mittwoch, den 26.09.2007, 21:07 -0700 schrieb Catherine Williams:
> . update query
> (contacting http://www.stata.com)
> 
> Stata executable
>     folder:               C:\
>     name of file:         wsestata.exe
>     currently installed:  25 Jul 2007
>     latest available:     25 Jul 2007
> 
> Ado-file updates
>     folder:               C:\ado\updates\
>     names of files:       (various)
>     currently installed:  19 Sep 2007
>     latest available:     19 Sep 2007
> 
> Recommendation
>     Do nothing; all files up to date.
> 
> . sysuse auto, clear
> (1978 Automobile Data)
> 
> . graph box mpg, over(rep78)
> variable _box_sort not found
> r(111);
> 
> . graph box mpg, over(rep78)
> variable rep78 not found
> r(111);
> 
> The last command output was a strange one as variable
> rep78 patently is one of the variable in auto.dta.
> 
> Otherwise other functions seem to be unaffected, so
> far!


Catherine Williams:
> > Hi, I am new to Stata but am working through
> > Ulrich
> > > Kohler's Data Analysis using Stata to get to grip
> > with
> > > the software. One of the example:
> > > 
> > > .graph box income, over(emp) produces this error:
> > > variable _box_sort not found
> > > r(111);
> > > 
> > > or
> > > 
> > > variable _000006 not found in using data
> > > r(111);
> > > 
> > > or
> > > 
> > > variable emp not found
> > > r(111);
> > > 
> > > on different attempts to produce the graph.
> > > 
> > > I have also tried:
> > > 
> > > .sysuse auto, clear
> > > .graph box mpg, over(rep78) which produces the
> > same
> > > errors.

Ulrich Kohler:
> > The commands you have showed us are definitely legal
> > syntax. The only
> > explanation that comes to my mind is that your Stata
> > installation have
> > become corrupted. Have you, or someone else,
> > recently updated your Stata
> > installation? Quite often people forget to perform
> > the last step of the
> > update. After the command
> > 
> > . update all
> > 
> > it is necessary to issue the command
> > 
> > . update swap
> > 
> > as well. Without this latter command your ado-files
> > (external programs)
> > misfit with the Stata-"Kernel" (the compiled code in
> > wstata.exe). The
> > effect are wired error messages up and then.
> > 
> > The same problem can arise if you have issued the
> > command
> > 
> > . update ado
> > 
> > without stating
> > 
> > . update exe
> > . update swap
> > 
> > afterwards.
> > 
> > So, here is my proposal: issue the command -update
> > swap- and try again
> > your graph commands again. If -update swap- brings
> > up an error message like
> > 
> >  1.  Verifying new executables
> > File </path/stata-se.bin> was not found, aborting
> > swap.
> > 
> > try to issue the commands
> > 
> > . update exe
> > . update swap
> > 
> > If the problem still remains please send the output
> > of
> > 
> > . update query


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