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st: RE: -help- vs. -whelp-

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: -help- vs. -whelp-
Date   Tue, 11 Nov 2003 16:30:20 -0000

You're correct; I think this goes back to Stata 7. 

The explanation, as I understand it, is that 

. whelp foobar 

is a convenience abbreviation for 

. view help foobar 

Evidently Stata Corp decided in a few cases -- 
although they're all important -- that the 
behaviour you describe was more natural, 
and thus sacrificed consistency. (At this 
point some may want to quote Emerson.) 


Friedrich Huebler
> The help file for some commands can only be displayed with -help-.
> For example, -whelp ado- and -whelp update- don't display the help
> file but execute -ado- and -update- in the Stata Viewer. Stata has
> behaved this way since the release of version 8.0.

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