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Re: st: -ssc new- error

From   "Michael C. Morrison" <>
Subject   Re: st: -ssc new- error
Date   Sun, 06 Jun 2010 22:04:31 -0500

Thanks Kit. My working directory is pointing to C:\Program Files (x86)\Stata11 which on checking properties is a read-only directory. That explains the problem.


On 6/6/2010 9:21 PM, Christopher Baum wrote:
Michael said

For the last two days I receive the following error after entering  -ssc
new-. ( BTW -ssc hot- works fine)

ssc new

file ssc_results.smcl could not be opened

Error(603) reads:

"file __________ could not be opened;
          This file, although found, failed to open properly.  This
          error is unlikely to occur.  You will have to review your
          operating system's manual to determine why it occurred."

I have Windows 7; Stata version 11.1.

Any idea what settings in Windows 7 might cause such an error?

The file ssc_results.smcl should end up in the current working directory. When you get the error, do


within Stata, and see what that directory is. (It is also displayed somewhere on screen; not sure where in Windows). You need to be able to write a new file in that directory.


Kit Baum   |   Boston College Economics&  DIW Berlin   |
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    An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata  |

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