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AW: st: AW: password

From   "Martin Weiss" <>
To   <>
Subject   AW: st: AW: password
Date   Tue, 26 May 2009 18:05:56 +0200


You can use -mata- code and put it in a -mata- library, see

help mata_mlib


Apart from that, as you do not have access to the executable to create
built-in commands, your code will be as open to inspection as the official
Stata code.


-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
[] Im Auftrag von Tharyan, Rajesh
Gesendet: Dienstag, 26. Mai 2009 17:46
Betreff: RE: st: AW: password


I want to ask a related question. In Excel for example, you could write a
VBA routine and then password protect it so that people cannot see the
actual program. Is there some way to password protect your stata ado/do
files so that the actual code cannot be viewed?


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Maarten buis
Sent: 19 May 2009 09:31
Subject: RE: st: AW: password

--- On Mon, 18/5/09, Visintainer PhD, Paul wrote:
> The question came from our institutional review board who
> wanted to know whether our analytic data files are
> passworded.  The example they gave me was Excel and
> Access, which can password databases. Some of the files
> where data are stored are shared drives.  I don't think
> that a single password will prevent access, but at least may
> deter it.  I couldn't find anything from a Stata
> search, so I didn't think the capacity existed.
> I know there are other ways to deter access (e.g.,
> passwording folders or assigning individual drives which
> must be logged into).  We'll have to explore these.

A related strategy that you could consider is discussed here:

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen


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