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st: Is there any bug in unabbreviation of variable names?


From   "Sergiy Radyakin" <serjradyakin@gmail.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Is there any bug in unabbreviation of variable names?
Date   Fri, 11 Apr 2008 13:24:55 -0400

Hello All,

I wonder if there is any bug in unabbreviation of variable names. I
have a persistent problem, which can be reproduced as following (Stata
for Windows version 9 and 10):

// --------------------------------------------------------
sysuse auto
keep gear_ratio
describe gear
rename gear_ratio long_name
describe long
// --------------------------------------------------------

r(101): long not allowed

Same thing happens when I use tab instead of describe.

In real life I have a variable long_unempl, which caused troubles when
abbreviated in such a way. Is it only the word "long" that causes such
problems? Or are there other "prohibited" abbreviations (I know
"using" is one because it is a reserved word and appears in the syntax
of describe, but "long" is not a part of the syntax)?

Thank you,
   Sergiy Radyakin
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