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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 20:05:43 +0000

I think "look somewhere else" always requires a diversion sign.

Nick

On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM, John Antonakis <John.Antonakis@unil.ch> wrote:
> Hi Nick:
>
> Thanks.....but, this requires one master/mistress helpfile (in your case,
> diagplots2.hlp), and then many "little" help files all doing the ".h trick".
>
> So, it is correct that there is only one help file to edit. I was hoping to
> have to do away with the "little" help files.  Anyway, the .h trick does the
> trick for me.
>
>
> Best,
> J.
>
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> On 22.03.2013 20:44, Nick Cox wrote:
>>
>> 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.
>>>
>>> __________________________________________
>>>
>>> John Antonakis
>>> Professor of Organizational Behavior
>>> Director, Ph.D. Program in Management
>>>
>>> Faculty of Business and Economics
>>> University of Lausanne
>>> Internef #618
>>> CH-1015 Lausanne-Dorigny
>>> Switzerland
>>> Tel ++41 (0)21 692-3438
>>> Fax ++41 (0)21 692-3305
>>> http://www.hec.unil.ch/people/jantonakis
>>>
>>> Associate Editor
>>> The Leadership Quarterly
>>> __________________________________________
>>>
>>>
>>> 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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