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st: RE: RE: RE: Saving data in compressed format? - wishlist...
> Nick asked:
> "Is there any compression/decompression
> > utility that is (a) not proprietary and (b) not shareware
> > and (c) guaranteed to be present on all platforms on
> which Stata is
> > supported?"
> gzip/zlib are open source and cross-platform between
> Windows, Unix, and Mac
> OS X. Don't know about OS 9.
... "guaranteed to be present" was the sting, which
is a distance away from "available in principle".
Absent Stata's own compressed format, it is pertinent
that many users would not want to be obliged to
install software even if free -- and many are not
in a position to install software unilaterally
within institutional set-ups.
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