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st: Re: previous version

From   baum <>
Subject   st: Re: previous version
Date   Sat, 15 Feb 2003 12:35:42 -0500

--On Saturday, February 15, 2003 2:33 -0500 Friedrich wrote:

But in the case of -save myfile, old- Stata 8 does NOT produce the
same result as Stata 7, even if -version 7.0- is at the top of the
ado file.
Perhaps the real issue here is that the 'old' option is misnamed: it really should be named 'savedown' or 'lastversion'. In both Stata 7 and Stata 8 the old option operates consistently: it produces a dataset in the format of the prior version of the program. In that sense telling Stata 8 to work like Stata 7 makes no difference. Stata could operate like MS Word and save down to several different past versions, but it doesn't. All too often features like that bite you eventually (I have a colleague with piles of Word 4 files...)


Christopher F Baum, Boston College Economics, Chestnut Hill MA 02467 USA
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