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RE: AW: st: replace-all can crash do-file


From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: AW: st: replace-all can crash do-file
Date   Sun, 16 May 2010 10:40:46 +0200

<>
Hewan:

Of course I did "replace all", but nothing bad happened. It was only with last night`s revelation by Kieran (is "Kieran" a unisex name in English? Your post made me wonder...) that he had checked the "regular expression" box that I managed to induce the behaviour that you had complained about. All of which begs the question: Why do you get the behaviour whether the "regular expression" box is checked or not? BTW, I am working with Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit...


HTH
Martin


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Hewan Belay
Sent: Sonntag, 16. Mai 2010 06:32
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: AW: st: replace-all can crash do-file

Dear all, thanks for your thoughts so far. On the information requested: I am using PC and Windows-XP-Professional. Here�s the output from doing �update- in my stata:

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Stata executable
    folder:               C:\Stata11MP\
    name of file:         StataMP.exe
    currently installed:  13 Jul 2009

Ado-file updates
    folder:               C:\Stata11MP\ado\updates\
    names of files:       (various)
    currently installed:  13 Jul 2009

Utilities updates
    folder:               C:\Stata11MP\utilities
    names of files:       (various)
    currently installed:  13 Jul 2009

Recommendation
    Type -update query- to compare these dates with what is available from
    http://www.stata.com.

Click to edit automatic update checking preferences
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Martin, if I just do “replace” hh with hh_id, there is of course no problem. Rather, the problem occurs when I do “replace all” of hh with hh_id in the example I used. Also, the endless looping (which, by the way, I can’t follow with my eyes—I’m assuming it’s doing an endless loop since it freezes up) I would argue amounts precisely to a crash. The freeze/looping won’t stop, and when I try to close the find and replace window, I get the following message: “This programme is not responding. To return to Windows and check the status of the programme, click cancel. If you choose to end the programme immediately, you will lose any unsaved data. To end the programme now, click End Now.” My only options are End Now (which loses any unsaved data to the do file) or Cancel (which just takes me back to the frozen screen). So I have no choice but to click End Now. 

It’s interesting that Kit didn’t find this problem prevalent in Mac, and Martin didn’t find it prevalent in Windows (which Windows? And did you do “replace all” rather than “replace”?), and Kieran didn’t find the problem prevalent in Windows 7, but did find it prevalent if she first checks the box “Regular Expression”. In my case, the problem obtains (on my PC and Windows XP machine) whether or not I check the box “regular expression”.

So my question: If anyone has a Windows XP, did they try the “replace all” and manage to get away without a forced crash and loss of unsaved data of the do-file?

Hewan

--- On Sun, 5/16/10, Mark Nichols <nichols.mark0@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Mark Nichols <nichols.mark0@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: AW: st: replace-all can crash do-file
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010, 3:02 AM
> Since when is endless loop not
> considered a crash.  This is silly.
> 
> Mark
> 
> 
> On Sat, May 15, 2010 at 3:48 PM, Martin Weiss <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>
> wrote:
> > <>
> > Yes, in this case I get an endless loop as well. I
> would still insist it is not a crash, as Stata looks busy to
> me instead of shutting down without prior warning. Am I
> correct that [GSW] does not describe the tickboxes in the
> "replace" dialog box, but merely mentions its existence? Is
> there another entry for it anywhere else? I could not find
> one...
> >
> > HTH
> > Martin
> >
> > -original message-
> > Subject: RE: AW: st: replace-all can crash do-file
> > From: "Kieran McCaul" <Kieran.McCaul@uwa.edu.au>
> > Date: 16-05-2010 00:25
> >
> > ...
> >
> > The only way I can get Stata to crash with Martin's
> example, is if I check the "Regular expression" box in the
> Replace window and leave the others unchecked.  If I do
> that, then Stata will hang and clicking in the Replace
> window gives me the "not responding" message and the option
> of closing down Stata.
> >
> > Now, given that I don't have a regular expression in
> either the Find or Replace text, I wouldn't expect this to
> do anything, but I wouldn't expect it to cause Stata to
> crash either.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]
> On Behalf Of Martin Weiss
> > Sent: Saturday, 15 May 2010 8:59 PM
> > To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> > Subject: AW: AW: st: replace-all can crash do-file
> >
> >
> > <>
> >
> > " My guess is that this is a Stata for
> Windows-specific problem."
> >
> >
> > Not so sure: I tried the example in
> > http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2010-05/msg00801.html
> on a windows
> > machine, and nothing untoward happened to me there. So
> more information from
> > those who have suffered from this problem is required,
> including (but not
> > limited to) the output of the -update- command.
> >
> >
> >
> > HTH
> > Martin
> >
> >
> > -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> > Von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> > [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]
> Im Auftrag von Kit Baum
> > Gesendet: Samstag, 15. Mai 2010 14:50
> > An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> > Betreff: re: AW: st: replace-all can crash do-file
> >
> > <>
> > My guess is that this is a Stata for Windows-specific
> problem. The do-file
> > editor in Windows has a number of bells and whistles
> not present in other
> > versions of Stata. The "find" dialog in Mac OS X
> do-file editor has a
> > 'replace all' button, but it behaves as expected in a
> do-file containing
> > multiple instances of, e.g., hh.
> >
> > Kit
> >
> > Kit Baum   |   Boston College Economics & DIW
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