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Re: st: One help file for two program


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: One help file for two program
Date   Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:44:13 +0000

No; precisely the opposite. You can do this. For example, look at the
package -qpfit- on SSC. Most of the help files are just one-liners
pointing to a master/mistress help file.

Nick

On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM, John Antonakis <John.Antonakis@unil.ch> wrote:
> OK. Thus, it does not appear possible for us (outside of Stata) to have two
> programs point to the same help file.
>
> At least
>
> .h program_name
>
> does the trick.
>
> Thanks everyone, Austin, Daniel, and Ken.
>
> Best,
> J.
>
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> On 22.03.2013 20:28, khigbee@stata.com wrote:
>>
>> Daniel Klein <klein.daniel.81@gmail.com> is correct:
>>
>>> you can point to another help file simply saving the one line
>>>
>>> .h john
>>>
>>> (note the dot is not followed by a space) in the file johni.sthlp. If
>>> you then type
>>>
>>> h johni
>>>
>>> the help file for -john- (john.sthlp) will pop up.
>>
>> This is how users add aliases for help files.  It is better than
>> having several differently named files with identical content.
>> Using ".h" you can avoid editing several files every time you
>> want to make a change.
>>
>> Long ago, Stata used .h to create all of it's help aliases -- and
>> the method still works and is available to you.  However, now the
>> official Stata help files determine aliases from alias .maint
>> files.  We did this because of the large number of aliases that
>> we were wanting for the help system.
>>
>> The help alias files have names like xhelp_alias.maint, and
>> there is one for each letter.  If curious, you can
>>
>>      . viewsource xhelp_alias.maint
>>
>> to see the alias file for the letter x, or
>>
>>      . viewsource bhelp_alias.maint
>>
>> to see the alias file for the letter b.  The files have two columns,
>> the second column is the name of the help file to show when help is
>> requested for the item in the first column.
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