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Re: st: downloading .ado file from personal directory

From   "Dimitriy V. Masterov" <>
To   Statalist <>
Subject   Re: st: downloading .ado file from personal directory
Date   Fri, 24 May 2013 15:11:43 -0700

I ran into this problem a while back. If you put the whole ivqrstata/
folder into ~/ado/personal it will not work, but if you put the folder
contents into ~/ado/personal, it should work nicely.


On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM, Sergiy Radyakin <> wrote:
> Katie,
> it's best to let Stata install the programs for you using the way it
> is designed:
> net install foobar, from(foobarsite)
> Not all authors provide their code in the format that would be
> compatible for the above deployment. Stata's developers explained what
> needs to be done here:
> If you downloaded the files to your computer manually using a browser
> (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera or something else) you are likely
> to find the downloaded files in your user's download folder. If you
> 'save-ed as..', then you need to recall where you've saved the files.
> Once you know in which folder the files are placed on your computer
> you need to tell Stata:
> adopath ++ myfolder
> e.g
> adopath ++ C:\Users\Katie\Downloads\
> If the distribution contained any *.mlib files you need to issue a command:
> mata mata mlib index
> The error message that you quote tells us that a command is
> unrecognized. Stata however does not tell WHICH command it does not
> recognize. This is not necessarily the same command you typed. It
> could be that this command has DEPENDENCIES - other user-written
> commands that it needs to function properly. This can be established
> by either consulting the author, or more quickly by examining the
> trace. See
> You can also ask Stata:
>  which commandname
> (write the name of your command you type instead of commandname above).
> If it tells
> command commandname not found as either built-in or ado-file
> then Stata does not SEE the command implementation file, otherwise it
> will show the path where the file is located and it is a dependency
> problem.
> See for details
> Best, Sergiy Radyakin
> On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 5:39 PM, Katie Farrin <> wrote:
>> I had previously had trouble using findit to locate the user-written
>> program ivqreg, for quantile instrumental variables regression (I
>> still cannot locate it searching within Stata).  However, I found a
>> file of program code (.ado file with several accompanying .mo file
>> extensions and a pdf of the undated Stata Journal article explaining
>> the code) through an outside search.  My problem now is that I cannot
>> get Stata to download the code from my computer.  I have never added
>> user-generated programs from outside of Stata, so it is likely that I
>> am doing something wrong.
>> If I use the adopath command and see the folder that stores personal
>> .ado files on my C drive and copy the relevant files to the personal
>> folder, what then must I do for Stata to run the program?  I am still
>> getting the error code r(199) for unrecognized command.
>> Thanks very much!
>> Katie
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