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st: Updated version of -zipsave-

From   Henrik Stovring <>
To   statalist <>,
Subject   st: Updated version of -zipsave-
Date   Thu, 03 Apr 2008 09:21:59 +0200

Dear all,

Thanks to Kit Baum an updated version of the package -zipsave- is now available on the SSC repository. It is now possible to open a Stata datafile directly from a multifile zip-archive. Please let me know if you encounter problems, or have comments and suggestions for further development.



PS (mostly to Stata's technical staff): I discovered what seems like a bug in the development process. If the zip-archive holds for example two dta-files and one does not specify which to open, then the unzip command I use (unzip -p ziparchive > tmpfile) will paste the two datafiles into one long file. When Stata 9.2 tries to open this single file with two datasets in it, it does not complain or stall - it crashes immediately! I have not yet tried with Stata 10, so it may not require fixing, but to me it seems an inadequate behaviour.

Henrik St°vring, PhD

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