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"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de> |

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<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> |

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st: Re: RE: Re: RE: RE: Re: Separation anxiety (extreme penalty if mistype -separate- command) |

Date |
Thu, 20 Nov 2008 20:57:10 +0100 |

HTH Martin _______________________

To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 8:54 PM

Martin - Yes, it was gross ignorance. That program was written in 1996, when I didn't know much about programming with a -clear- option. Back then, I didn't know the difference betwewen a ".do" and an ".ado" file, so I made everything an "ado" file, which then put it into my ado path without my realizing it. I shudder to think how many others like this are lurking in those old files! Al -----Original Message----- From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Martin Weiss Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 1:48 PM To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject: st: Re: RE: RE: Re: Separation anxiety (extreme penalty if mistype -separate- command) No intrusion into Alan`s work practices intended, but I have a hard time imagining that you would have a -prog- on your ado-path that -drops _all- without at least the -, clear- option being present... HTH Martin _______________________ ----- Original Message ----- From: "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 8:41 PM Subject: st: RE: RE: Re: Separation anxiety (extreme penalty if mistype -separate- command)I am glad it wasn't a -separate- problem. The command -separate- itself has never been abbreviatable. When it was being written one small issue was whether the intended name leant itself to minor spelling mistakes. ("separate" was one of those words I had to check repeatedly in a dictionary.) The decision was that if the user typed -sep_e_rate-, this is promptly corrected with a little message and diversion of the command to -separate-, as some users may have discovered. (That is, there is an undocumented -sep_e_rate- command.) (I add the _ _ only to stop this mailer continually correcting the misspelling.) This may still be the only instance in which Stata will accept, and correct, incorrect spelling. An odd side-effect of this episode is that my long-continued difficulties over the word have disappeared. Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Feiveson, Alan H. (JSC-SK311) Sorry about the needless anxiety - As Martin suggested, I did have an old -sep-program lying around that dropped _all. Thanks, Martin Martin Weiss If that is true, it is pretty serious. So I get "unrecognized command: sep" with my 10.1 Stata. Your error "invalid syntax" makes me think you have a command that I do not have. What does -which sep- tell you? Feiveson, Alan H.Hello - More than once I have inadvertently typed something like "sepvar, by(cat)", when I meant to type "separate var,by(cat)" . The result is an error, but far worse, Stata wipes out my whole data set when I do this, or even if I simply type "sep": . use rad_protein_collapsed_4group_binomial.dta . des,short Contains data from rad_protein_collapsed_4group_binomial.dta obs: 24 vars: 52 20 Nov 2008 12:42 size: 4,464 (99.9% of memory free) Sorted by: rad time group . sep invalid syntax r(198); . des,short Contains data obs: 0 vars: 0 size: 0 (100.0% of memory free) Sorted by:* * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/* * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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**References**:**st: Separation anxiety (extreme penalty if mistype -separate- command)***From:*"Feiveson, Alan H. (JSC-SK311)" <Alan.H.Feiveson@nasa.gov>

**st: Re: Separation anxiety (extreme penalty if mistype -separate- command)***From:*"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>

**st: RE: Re: Separation anxiety (extreme penalty if mistype -separate- command)***From:*"Feiveson, Alan H. (JSC-SK311)" <Alan.H.Feiveson@nasa.gov>

**st: RE: RE: Re: Separation anxiety (extreme penalty if mistype -separate- command)***From:*"Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>

**st: Re: RE: RE: Re: Separation anxiety (extreme penalty if mistype -separate- command)***From:*"Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>

**st: RE: Re: RE: RE: Re: Separation anxiety (extreme penalty if mistype -separate- command)***From:*"Feiveson, Alan H. (JSC-SK311)" <Alan.H.Feiveson@nasa.gov>

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