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re: Re: st: sthlp file not displaying correctly

From   Christopher Baum <>
To   "" <>
Subject   re: Re: st: sthlp file not displaying correctly
Date   Fri, 9 Nov 2012 16:21:56 +0000

Nick said

. ssc inst charlist

for one tool that may help if hidden characters are the problem.

On 9 Nov 2012, at 14:24, Sunil Kumar <> wrote:

> Thank you Daniel and Nick. But the problem still continues (I've tried
> with cmd in place of cmdab). If there are any tips on
> detecting/getting rid of hidden characters then I'd be grateful. I
> have tried writing the sthlp file with Textedit (A Notepad-like
> program on mac) as well as with the Stata do-file editor, but the same
> problem results.

Good advice--it could be nonprinting characters--but it may also be that the SMCL parser is barfing on too long a paragraph. Use, e.g., TextWrangler or BBEdit and see just how long each line is. Put in some seemingly unnecessary line breaks so that lines are not too long. I have often been bitten (using a Mac) by SMCL parsing, which seems to have some internal limit that it is not too hard to surpass, and does not give you any warning when you do.


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