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Re: st: RE: Too update or not


From   Ricardo Ovaldia <ovaldia@yahoo.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: Too update or not
Date   Mon, 15 Sep 2003 09:46:35 -0700 (PDT)

Thank you Nick. I was out of town last week, so I miss
most of this discussion. 

Ricardo.


--- Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote:
> 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.  
> 
> Nick 
> n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 
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