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Re: st: 2 issues with 64-bit Stata on Mac OS X

From   "Eric A. Booth" <>
Subject   Re: st: 2 issues with 64-bit Stata on Mac OS X
Date   Mon, 15 Jun 2009 09:08:32 -0500

On Jun 15, 2009, at 6:03 AM, Michael Hanson wrote:

I've noticed the following two issues since upgrading from the 32- bit to 64-bit version of Stata/SE 10.1:

1. Very often when I launch Stata, I get the dialog box telling me it has been at least 7 days since I last checked for updates. This despite: (1) checking for updates more recently than 7 days, and (2) deselecting the preference to "Enable automatic update checking". It appears that that preference setting does not "stick" for me in the 64-bit version.

I haven't had this issue, but have you tried using the commands to change these settings permanently (or putting these commands in your

set update_query off, perm
set update_prompt off, perm

2. I switch somewhat regularly between using the monitor on my MacBook Pro and a larger external monitor. I have set up two different sets of preferences for the locations of all the various Stata windows for the two monitors and I use "Manage Preferences" to switch between them. The preferences work to systematically move the window locations and sizes of all windows (e.g, Command, Variables, Review, etc.) to the desired locations/sizes EXCEPT for the Results window -- which always remains at its last setting. All windows (including Results) switched from one saved location to another as expected under 32-bit Stata. Creating new sets of preferences from scratch has not fixed this issue.

Please note that I am running OS X 10.5.7 and what appears to be the most recent version of Stata:

I am using the same OS/Stata version combo & I also switch between different monitor settings (external monitor or external digital projector) on my laptop, and every once and a while my window settings have the same issue. While it's probably not the best fix, I simply delete my preferences file(s) located here:

~/Library/Preferences/Stata10 preferences/

User preference files will have a ".rc" extension. Stata will recreate the default preferences file when you relaunch the program, and you'll have to recreate any other pref files you delete (you might create a backup copy when you get the settings you want and store the backup somewhere else so that it can be copied over when needed (or set up a do-file to automate this for you whenever it's needed))

Final tips: Be sure you are using the same user profile with Stata (stata preferences are stored in a user-specific library folder) and that your permissions are all correct (use disk utility to check your permissions...I was having issues with Stata after I migrated it to my new computer because my permissions were incorrect, fixing them with disk utility (/applications/utilities/disk solved these issues)

~  Eric

Eric A. Booth
Public Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M University
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