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RE: st: about vs. verinst


From   "Giovanni Vecchi" <giovanni.vecchi@uniroma2.it>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: about vs. verinst
Date   Sat, 29 Sep 2007 21:45:02 +0200

Many thanks to Phil and Alan for their answers.

So, goodbye then, <verinst>.

-- Giovanni

 

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu 
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Alan
Riley
> Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2007 12:04 AM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: about vs. verinst
> 
> Giovanni Vecchi <giovanni.vecchi@uniroma2.it> asked whether 
> -verinst- is still a valid Stata command:
> > with the advent of Stata 10, the commands <about> and <verinst> 
> > produce the same output. Exactly the same. This does not 
> make sense to 
> > me.
> > 
> > While <about> is still documented in the reference manual, 
> <verisnt> 
> > is not. Nor is there an entry for <verinst> in the on-line help.
> > 
> > I'm tempted to conclude that <verinst> has become an out-of-date 
> > command. Can anyone confirm it?
> > 
> > I'm running Stata/MP, duly updated.
> 
> 
> -verinst- is no longer an officially-documented command in Stata 10.
> 
> Many years ago, on old DOS computers, people would sometimes 
> install Stata in such a way that Stata could not find its 
> ado-files.  We created a simple command implemented as an 
> ado-file named -verinst- which people could try to execute to 
> see if Stata could find their ado-files.
> 
> If Stata could find -verinst- and execute it, obviously Stata 
> could find its ado-files.  If the command was not found, it 
> meant Stata could not find its ado-files and troubleshooting 
> was necessary.
> 
> In modern versions of Stata, the installation routines 
> install Stata in such a way that we no longer hear about 
> Stata not being able to find its official ado-files.  Thus, 
> we deemed -verinst- to no longer be necessary and made it 
> undocumented.  We left around a simple ado-file for -verinst- 
> so that we wouldn't break anything in case any users had a 
> call to -verinst- in a do-file.
> 
> 
> --Alan
> (ariley@stata.com)
> 
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