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Re: st: FAQ visible on user-written ados and Stata version

From   Sergiy Radyakin <>
Subject   Re: st: FAQ visible on user-written ados and Stata version
Date   Wed, 4 Feb 2009 16:46:11 -0500

I would like to thank the authors of the FAQ and hope that many Stata
users will benefit from the information they can find there. But I'd
like to know if the updates policy of Stata has changed recently? is
the document entirely accurate? In particular I mean this statement:
"If your Stata version differs by less than 1 from what is required,
you can update your Stata for free over the web. You can update for
free within an integer version, for example from Stata 9 to Stata 9.2
or from Stata 10 to Stata 10.1; just type update"

The update policy known to me was: "within one major version, minor
versions are free".

Is StataCorp already flooded with requests to upgrade Stata 9.2 to
Stata 10.1 fo free? (10.1-9.2) = 0.9<1or is there a small-font to it?

Another thing which seems to be missing from this FAQ is the
(undocumented) build number. Within one version e.g. version 10.0
there could be several public releases with each subsequent release
fixing some bugs found during that time. This does not change the
version-minor (10 is major, 0 is minor), but can be an additional hint
why the program does not work on a particular machine, though works on
another, with Stata reporting the same version. For example, while
working with the graphics commands I've experienced a problem with
Stata 10, which I didn't have in Stata 9. I didn't report it since the
features I am using are not documented, and StataCorp does not
guarantee that they will work, but perhaps someone else did report it,
or they were removed by mistake. It was changed later, and now I know
that my command works in the latest 9.2 and in 10.0.539 or later, but
it does not work properly in 10.0.526d.

While the build number is not widely publicized, the born-date is more
widely known. It is displayed after -about- and also after -update

Best regards,
  Sergiy Radyakin

On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 1:33 PM, Nick Cox <> wrote:
> On 24 January David Elliott in
> <>
> suggested a FAQ on user-written ados and Stata version. StataCorp kindly
> agreed to host such an FAQ and it is now visible at
> <>
> The FAQ as posted benefits from discussions on the list by David, Ben
> Jann and Richard Williams and from intervention off the list by William
> Gould of StataCorp. The nice presentation is due to Annette Fett of
> StataCorp.
> This is not to be taken as a precedent for anything! If you want an FAQ,
> the best way to ensure that is to write it yourself.
> (I keep remembering Leo Rosten's book on Yiddish, written because the
> author wanted to read it. By the small world principle, Tony Lachenbruch
> of this list apparently knew the Rosten family well.)
> Nick
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