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How do I install Stata on a Unix/Linux machine?

Title   Unix/Linux installation
Author Kevin Crow, StataCorp
Date July 2007; minor revisions July 2011; updated May 2015

To install Stata for Unix/Linux:

  1. Become superuser (root) and insert the installation DVD.
  2. Create the installation directory (we recommend /usr/local/stata14) with 755 permissions and change into that directory.
  3. You can copy the contents of the DVD to a temporary location and run the installer from there:
    # mkdir /tmp/statainstall
    # cp -a /path/to/dvdrom/* /tmp/statainstall
    # mkdir /usr/local/stata14
    # cd /usr/local/stata14
    # /tmp/statainstall/install
    
    NOTE:  current Linux distributions will generally automount the DVD-rom as /media/Stata
    
  4. Once the installer has completed, you must initialize the license by typing ./stinit
  5. If you can't copy the DVD to the drive, then try this: because most current Linux distributions will automatically mount an inserted DVD-rom with the noexec option, you will need to remount the device with the proper options, or the Stata installer will fail.
    # umount /mnt/dvdrom
    # mount -o exec -t iso9660 /dev/dvdrom /mnt/dvdrom
    
    NOTE:   you may need to change the devices to be appropriate for your machine
    
    You can now launch the Stata installer by typing /mnt/dvdrom/install from within the directory you created in step 2.
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