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Re: st: MAC Questions
Daniel Stegmueller <email@example.com>
Re: st: MAC Questions
Wed, 26 Mar 2008 20:33:27 +0100
A somewhat simpler way would be to create a copy of the program
(stata.app). You can even rename it to have it distinguishable in the
As for the editor: Emacs - of course ;)
Am Mar 26, 2008 um 3:29 AM schrieb Michael S. Hanson:
> On Mar 22, 2008, at 2:54 PM, Phil Schumm wrote:
>> On Mar 22, 2008, at 7:57 AM, Fred Wolfe wrote:
>>> 1) In Windows I could open more than one version of Stata at a
>>> time. How is that done on the MAC?
>> You can't have multiple instances of GUI Stata running on OS X.
> Technically, Phl's statement is not correct. But it isn't easy or
> convenient, and Phil's suggestion of using the console version is
> probably preferred. But it is possible:
> Locate your copy of Stata in the Finder. Right-click or control-
> click on the icon and select "Show Package Contents" from the popup
> menu. In the window that opens, double-click on the Contents
> folder, then on the MacOS folder. You should see two icons
> (files): stata-se and StataSE, for example. The former is the one
> Phil mentions below. The latter is the GUI version. If its icon
> looks like a miniature computer terminal, double-click on it. If
> not, right-click on it, select "Open With >", and select Terminal
> from the popup list. If you already have a copy of Stata running,
> this will launch another. You'll see a second Stata icon in your
> dock, and you can use the application switcher (Cmd-Tab) to move
> between them. Unlike with Windows, however, there isn't an visual
> indication to distinguish them in the dock (save location) or the
> application switcher.
> (Note: The above works for me on Mac OS X 10.4.x (Tiger). Your
> MacPro likely shipped with Mac OS X 10.5.x (Leopard), to which I do
> not have access. I suspect it should still work, but would be
> curious to learn if it does not.)
>> If you need multiple instances, you can use the console version.
>> On my system, I start this (from the Terminal) with the command
>> which, for convenience, I suggest adding to your executable path.
> Indeed, if you have some facility with Unix (i.e., the Terminal),
> you can create a shell alias for this command. Notice that if you
> substitute "StataSE" for "stata-se", this command will launch the
> GUI rather than the console version. (That is, this is a one-line
> shortcut for the list of steps above.)
>>> 2) As also use Stata on the PC, what is the best way to save do
>>> and adofile with respect to end of line (EOL) settings so that
>>> they can be read in windows and in the MAC?
>> As you may know, in the days before OS X, the standard EOL
>> character on the Mac was a CR. Now the OS X standard has become --
>> like Unix/Linux -- a LF, though a few Mac apps still use CR as the
>> default. Of course, Windows still uses (as it always has) both a
>> CR and a LF.
>> Stata, like all good cross-platform apps, is able to handle all
>> three types of line endings transparently. So, as long as you're
>> working within Stata, you should be fine.
> Note that it is possible to tell Stata in Mac OS X to use either
> the Unix (LF) or Mac (CR) EOL delimiter. Look under "Preferences >
> General Preferences" in the Stata menu. Unfortunately, IIRC it is
> not possible to set the PC and Mac versions of Stata to use
> identical line endings, so....
>> IMHO, the most important thing you should do for yourself first is
>> to select a good text editor for use with OS X. My personal
>> favorite is TextMate, and I can send you a Stata bundle for it if
>> you wish. In my view, TextMate is the most powerful, easy-to-use,
>> and just plain beautiful text editor for OS X. Of course, if you
>> also spend a good deal of time in Windows, then you might want to
>> consider a cross-platform editor (e.g., Emacs, vim, JEdit or
>> Alpha). However, I'd urge you to give TextMate a try. In fact,
>> there's even a TextMate-like application for Windows (http://www.e-texteditor.com/
>> ), though I don't believe the TextMate developer is involved in the
>> project and I've never tried it.
>> The important point (before I got distracted) is that any good text
>> editor will -- just like Stata -- be multilingual WRT the different
>> line endings, so if you use one to edit your Stata files you should
>> be all set.
> Agreed. Personally, I have not been able to grok TextMate --
> despite paying good money for it -- probably because I have used
> BBEdit for so many years. Both are acceptable editors for using
> Stata; in my opinion BBEdit has less of a learning curve, but is
> marginally less capable and substantially less customizable. It
> does have a *free* little cousin called TextWrangler (Google it)
> that should serve your purposes well (albeit with even fewer bells
> and whistles). Should you decide to use either BBEdit or
> TextWrangler -- and I recommend you try either alongside TextMate to
> find which works best for you -- be sure to check out the Stata
> language module (for syntax coloring) and the Stata scripts at <http://www.dataninja.wordpress.com/
> An afterthought: I believe Stata will read .do files regardless of
> the platform on which they are created (i.e., line endings), but I
> no longer have access to a Windows version to test that
> claim. .dta, .gph, etc. files should be completely cross-platform.
> Hope this helps.
> -- Mike
> P.S. All computers have a MAC (media access control) address, even
> P.P.S. Mac : PC :: abbreviation : initialism.
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