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Re: st: Problem with xi (Stata 11)

From   Neil Shephard <>
Subject   Re: st: Problem with xi (Stata 11)
Date   Wed, 2 Jun 2010 14:36:54 +0000

On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 2:27 PM, Alan Riley <> wrote:
> Walter Garcia-Fontes ( reported a problem
> with -xi- in Stata 10 and Stata 11 on a machine running Ubuntu
> Linux 10.04.  We have reproduced the problem and are fixing it.
> In Ubuntu Linux 10.04, a change was made to an operating system
> library which could result in Stata's data being corrupted.  We
> first became aware of the problem with Ubuntu 10.04 one week ago,
> and have implemented a fix in Stata 11 which is currently
> undergoing certification here at StataCorp.  An update containing
> the fix will be released tomorrow or the next day.
> This change in Ubuntu 10.04 also affects Stata 10 for Linux.
> As soon as the Stata 11 update is out the door, we will certify
> and release an update for Stata 10, which will likely be a week
> from now.
> The only operating system that is affected by this is Ubuntu
> Linux 10.04.  That is why others on the list were unable to
> to replicate the problem.

I realise that the answer is the Linux equivalent to "How long is a
bit of string" given how many different distributions of Linux there
are, so I won't ask what about other distributions.

To phrase it differently what library is it that is affected and is it
one that is specifically modified by Ubuntu developers, or is it
further upstream by Debian developers (since Ubuntu is based on
Debian) or even further upstream with the library writers themselves?

I ask as I use a completely different flavour of Linux (Gentoo).

Either way thanks for quickly addressing this.


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