[D] sysdescribe -- Describe shipped dataset
sysdescribe dir [, all]
sysdescribe filename displays a summary of the contents of the specified
Stata-format dataset that was either shipped with Stata or is stored
along the adopath. If filename is specified without a suffix, .dta is
sysdescribe dir lists the names of the datasets shipped with Stata and
any other datasets stored along the adopath.
all specifies that all datasets be listed, even those that include an
underscore (_) in their name. Such datasets are not otherwise
. sysdescribe auto
. sysdescribe dir
. describe dir, all
A few datasets are included with Stata and are stored in the system
directories. These datasets are often used in the help files to
demonstrate a certain feature.
. sysdescribe dir, all
will list the names of those datasets.
The datasets shipped with Stata are stored in different folders
(directories) so that they do not become confused with your datasets.
Not all the datasets used in the manuals are shipped with Stata; shipped
datasets include only those used in the help files. To obtain the other
datasets, see the manual datasets help page dta_manuals for links to the
datasets in each manual.
Be aware that the datasets used to demonstrate Stata are often fictional.
Any datasets you have installed using net or ssc -- see net and ssc --
are also listed by sysdescribe dir, and sysdescribe filename will display
the summary of its contents.
Any datasets you store in your personal ado folder -- see sysdir -- are
also listed by sysdescribe dir, and sysdescribe filename will display the
summary of its contents.