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RE: st: adoupdate question


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: adoupdate question
Date   Tue, 30 Jun 2009 20:11:26 +0100

I don't think that's true at all. I've done this, Ben Jann does it a
lot, and I'm sure there are other examples. 

My main point, which may be at risk of being lost under a mass of
detail, is that I often find it practical to segregate and freeze old
versions. The defence for that is, largely, that it is practical and
time-saving. Once -foobar8- has been peeled off I almost never need to
think about it again. I make the users of Stata 8 (possibly up) suffer a
little insofar as if they stay on the old -foobar- and then use
-adoupdate- they may find their usable -foobar- program overwritten by
an unusable program. But they can fix that by installing -foobar8- and
editing their do files and scripts that used -foobar-. The example holds
"for any value of 8". 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Richard Williams

With Alan's approach, I suppose a wildly 
ambitious programmer could also support version 
control, although I am not aware of a single 
user-written program that does that.


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