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st: RE: Too update or not

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: Too update or not
Date   Mon, 15 Sep 2003 17:28:20 +0100

Ricardo Ovaldia
> Pardon me if I am wrong, but I though I read a post
> from someone last week indicating problems with an
> update. Am I correct, or did I just dreamed
> this?Anyway, is it save to update Stata 8.1 now, or
> should I wait for the next update release?

The whole thread can be picked 
from the archives and need not be recapitulated here. 

The official line, explained by Alan Riley, is 
to -update-; at worst you may find in some circumstances
that you copy and paste text into the Viewer 
when you didn't intend to. 

I support this recommendation.  

Every substantial update fixes a few dozen 
mostly small bugs and glitches, yet by accident introduces 
a few more, mostly themselves fixed very 
quickly, often before you had probably noticed
them, let alone been bitten by them. A lot of eyes
and hands are interacting with Stata. 

Did you notice ...? Well, I won't say what it was, 
because it's been fixed already, but it was 
embarrassing to those responsible.  

That's the nature of software production, and anyone who doubts 
that it is most welcome to sit down, write the 
perfect program -- or even help file -- and send it out.  

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