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st: Error in latest update?

From   Elmer Villanueva <[email protected]>
To   Statalist <[email protected]>
Subject   st: Error in latest update?
Date   Sat, 04 Oct 2003 17:01:09 +1000

Hi All!

This has happened twice and by the looks of it, it seems be a fairly
idiopathic occurrence.

My version of Stata 8.1 (on Windows) was producing graphs fine until I
downloaded the latest update. I clicked on the sunflower plot sample and
this is what I got:

. gr_example auto: sunflower mpg displ

-> preserve

-> sysuse auto, clear
(1978 Automobile Data)

->  sunflower mpg displ
invalid line in scheme ,
*!  version 1.0.5   25aug2003

It seems my whole suite of graphing capabilities have been affected:

. twoway line weight length
invalid line in scheme ,
*!  version 1.0.5   25aug2003

. histogram weight
(bin=8, start=1760, width=385)
invalid line in scheme ,
*!  version 1.0.5   25aug2003

After I re-installed Stata (and before updating), they worked well:

. twoway line weight length
(graph produced)

. histogram weight
(graph produced)

After updating, I received the same errors.

It seems like quite a few people have been experiencing problems with
the update. Some, like Stephen, can be get rid of the problem simply by
exiting Stata. Others, like Willard, don't have a problem at all. On the
other hand, I'm experiencing a major breakdown. Of course, I'm in a
bind: update Stata and lose graphics capability or stick to Stata 8.0
without updates. I'm at a loss as to how to proceed as the error message
is particularly vexing.

PS. Thanks for the correction, Stephen, but as you can see, it wasn't
the syntax. In fact, I didn't get the usual error I was expecting. I
imagine that the error resides even before the syntax is checked,
probably when the graphics routine is called. Of course, I'm no IT



Elmer V Villanueva, MD ScM
Senior Research Fellow
Monash Institute of Health Services Research

Level 1, Block E
Monash Medical Centre
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