[R] db -- Launch dialog
Syntax for db
db commandname [, message(string) debug dryrun ]
Set system parameter
set maxdb # [, permanently ]
where # must be between 5 and 1,000.
db opens the dialog box for the specified command. Programmers who wish
to allow the launching of dialogs from a help file, see [P] smcl for
information on the dialog SMCL directive.
set maxdb sets the maximum number of dialog boxes whose contents are
remembered from one invocation to the next during a session. The default
value of maxdb is 50.
message(string) specifies that string be passed to the dialog box, where
it can be referred to from the __MESSAGE STRING property.
debug specifies that the underlying dialog box be loaded with debug
messaging turned on.
dryrun specifies that, rather than launching the dialog, db show the
commands it would issue to launch the dialog.
permanently specifies that, in addition to making the change right now,
the maxdb setting be remembered and become the default setting when
you invoke Stata.
The usual way to launch a dialog is to pull down the Data, Graphics, or
Statistics menu and to make your selection from there. When you know the
name of the command that you want to run, however, db provides a way to
invoke the dialog from the command line.
db follows the same abbreviation rules that Stata's command-line
interface follows. So, to launch the dialog for regress, you can type
. db regress
. db reg