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Re: st: Running old Stata (8.0) on new Ubuntu

From   John-Paul Ferguson <jpferg@MIT.EDU>
Subject   Re: st: Running old Stata (8.0) on new Ubuntu
Date   Wed, 18 Jun 2008 07:35:16 -0400

Dave, I've run into problems of my own installing (dynamically linked) Stata 9
on ubuntu but eventually figured out how to resolve the library dependencies
and permissions. I wrote a small web page about it so I'd remember next time.
It's for Stata 9, but might help with 8:

Hope it helps.

John-Paul Ferguson

Quoting Daniel Stegmueller <>:


since noone responded I throw in some 'programming half-knowledge':

"assert" is a piece of code you put in to catch exceptions that should not happen. What it exactly stands for is only known to the programmer...

You should contact Stata for support (if they offer it for old versions) but my guess would be that there isn't a simple solution, since the libraries Stata has been build against are so much older than the ones used by the Ubuntu people (you might have more luck with a stable Debian distribution but that is far from a 'simple' solution....)



I happen to have an old license for Intercooled Stata 8 for Unix which I
tried installing on a new Ubuntu 8.04 ("Hardy") workstation.

'stata' runs fine, but 'xstata' does not:

$ /usr/local/stata/xstata

xstata: dynamic-link.h:57: elf_get_dynamic_info: Assertion `! "bad dynamic tag"' failed.

The installation is is statically-linked, rather than dynamic, because
there appeared to be a lot of library incompatibilities when I tried the
dynamically-linked approach (which I tried first).

Can anyone help here? I'd prefer not to upgrade if there's a simple
solution to the problem.



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