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Re: st: Problem Using Matwrite, "unrecognized command" error


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Problem Using Matwrite, "unrecognized command" error
Date   Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:06:58 +0100

-ssc install- should install the .plugin but it did not do so. Why was
that? I don't know, but typing

. ssc copy matwrite.win32

in the same directory also worked for me. I am out of ideas otherwise
on why this still doesn't work.

Nick

On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 7:08 AM, J Taylor <jwtayl@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks a lot.  I really appreciate your help.
>
> Indeed, the matwrite.plugin was not copied into c:\ado\plus\m.
>
> How might I obtain the plugin?  I know almost nothing about how
> plug-ins work.  Consider the Matwrite program listed on the IDEAS
> page:
>
> http://ideas.repec.org/c/boc/bocode/s448301.html
>
> Is matwrite.win32 the plugin (following Nick's email, I was thinking
> that the plug-in should end in .plugin)?  I copied matwrite.win32
> along with the other .ado and .hlp files into C:\ado\plus\m and
> C:\Program Files (x86)\ado\updates\m, and am still experiencing the
> error
> . matwrite x y using c:\matlabfile, replace
> unrecognized command
>
> My Windows 7 is 64 bit.  However, I was under the impression that this
> was fully compatible with Stata.  The main Stata ado files are
> installed in C:\Program Files (x86), where Program Files (x86) is the
> place where one is supposed to store 32 programs.
>
> http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-windows_programs/program-files-x86-and-program-files/b71d79fe-cd9c-4a23-a114-aa397946d621
>
> Thank you,
> JT
>
>
>
> On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 1:29 AM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I tried this with Windows XP and everything worked.
>>
>> You should confirm that
>>
>> 1. matwrite.plugin is also copied by -ssc- as a file and put in the
>> same directory as the .ado and .hlp.
>>
>> 2. Your Windows 7 is 32 bit not 64 bit just in case that is a problem.
>>
>> Nick
>>
>> On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 9:14 PM, J Taylor <jwtayl@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Thank you very much for the help with this. Following Joerg's
>>> suggestion, I did indeed delete all matwrite files manually.
>>> However, I still receive an error:
>>>
>>> ------------------------------------------
>>> . ssc install matwrite
>>> checking matwrite consistency and verifying not already installed...
>>> installing into c:\ado\plus\...
>>> installation complete.
>>>
>>> . clear
>>>
>>> . set obs 5000
>>> obs was 0, now 5000
>>>
>>> . set seed 1234
>>>
>>> . gen x = uniform()
>>>
>>> . gen y = 2*x + invnormal(uniform())
>>>
>>> . matwrite x y using c:\matlabfile, replace
>>> unrecognized command
>>> r(199);
>>> ------------------------------------------
>>>
>>> I am running Windows 7.  Ado files can be found on my computer in two locations:
>>> C:\ado
>>> C:\Program Files (x86)\ado
>>>
>>> It seems that the base Stata files were installed in C:\Program Files
>>> (x86)\ado, whereas  Updates are installed in C:\ado.  I have installed
>>> user-written commands a good number of times in the past.  I use ssc
>>> install (if it is available) or I copy and paste the ado file into
>>> Notepad, and then save the file as "Filename.ado" in C:\ado\plus\.
>>>
>>> Doing some Google searches, I saw it suggested to use the "which"
>>> command to see where the ado file is being called from (perhaps this
>>> speaks to Daniel's suggestion about matwrite not being on the path or
>>> not having read/write privileges)
>>> http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/lang/adopath.html
>>>
>>> . which matwrite
>>> c:\ado\plus\m\matwrite.ado
>>> *! matwrite version 0.90, 15/12/04, (c) Andrew Shephard
>>> . which regress
>>> C:\Program Files (x86)\ado\updates\r\regress.ado
>>> *! version 1.2.7  02oct2009
>>> . which reg_ress
>>> command reg_ress not found as either built-in or ado-file
>>> r(111);
>>>
>>> This is perhaps a rather mundane question, but does anyone have a
>>> sense of why I am still experiencing these problems?  Did I rule out
>>> the suggestion about matwrite not being on the path or not having
>>> read/write privileges through the "which" commands above?
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> JT
>>>
>>> On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 6:36 PM, Joerg Luedicke
>>> <joerg.luedicke@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 2:58 AM, J Taylor <jwtayl@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> I am trying to use a user-written code, Matwrite, for converting Stata
>>>>> to Matlab.  Although it is user-written, I was hoping it would be
>>>>> frequently enough used by Stata listers to ask a question, as I have
>>>>> not been able to get it to work, and keep getting the error
>>>>> "unrecognized command"
>>>>>
>>>>> I am using Stata 11 on PC.  First, I verify once again that I have
>>>>> install Matwrite on computer.  I type in "ssc install matwrite,
>>>>> replace", and Stata shows the following:
>>>>>
>>>>> . ssc install matwrite, replace
>>>>> checking matwrite consistency and verifying not already installed...
>>>>> all files already exist and are up to date.
>>>>>
>>>>> Next, here is some toy code that I try to call matwrite:
>>>>>
>>>>> clear
>>>>> set obs 5000
>>>>> set seed 1234
>>>>> gen x = uniform()
>>>>> gen y = 2*x + invnormal(uniform())
>>>>> matwrite x y using c:\matlabfile, replace
>>>>>
>>>>> The last line yields the error: "unrecognized command."
>>>>>
>>>>> I am not sure why it says this.  If I just type matwrite, it tells me
>>>>> "using required", as 'using' is a required option for matwrite, so
>>>>> Stata seems to recognize matwrite somewhere on my computer.  In
>>>>> addition, an "unrecognized command" error is different from when you
>>>>> spell something incorrectly / you call something which is not
>>>>> installed.  For example, if I type "reg_ress" into Stata, I get the
>>>>> error "unrecognized command:  reg_ress".
>>>>>
>>>>> Does anyone know why I am receiving this error, and if so, how I might fix it?
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I tried your code (see below) and get no error message. So the problem
>>>> seems to lie on your end. Maybe get rid of all matwrite files manually
>>>> and install the package again.
>>>>
>>>> J.
>>>>
>>>> . clear
>>>>
>>>> . set obs 5000
>>>> obs was 0, now 5000
>>>>
>>>> . set seed 1234
>>>>
>>>> . gen x = uniform()
>>>>
>>>> . gen y = 2*x + invnormal(uniform())
>>>>
>>>> .
>>>> end of do-file
>>>>
>>>> . matwrite x y using c:\matlabfile, replace
>>>> (note: file c:\matlabfile.mat not found)
>>>> file c:\matlabfile.mat saved

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