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st: Solution to -install- problems

From   "Clive Nicholas" <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: Solution to -install- problems
Date   Thu, 18 Mar 2004 03:43:08 -0000 (GMT)


On Wednesday week, you provided one solution for problems with -install-
which I took you up on:

> Various people reported problems downloading stuff
> from SSC.
> Briefly, I can't diagnose whether the issue arises
> from local machine or software situation; or from some
> limit or bug in Stata; or from some combination.
> My one positive comment is to point to
> . ssc copy <filename>
> as a way of getting stuff into the current
> directory is -ssc install- is not working.
> Upstream of this you should naturally -cd-
> to the appropriate place. That's usually
> much straightforward than using a browser
> or some other more or less awkward way of
> copying.
> What's more, you can loop through set of files
> with -foreach-.
> That said, this is only a stop-gap.

Not long after, you provided me with the -foreach- loop privately.

Although the loop didn't always work in all circumstances (e.g., trying to
-ssc copy mypkg- produced an odd error saying that the package could not
be located at SSC!), I've now found the solution via Technical Support:
delete _all_ your backup.trk files. Not doing so causes a file permission
error, say TS.

Once I eventually twigged onto the fact that I actually have two of these
files, it worked a treat: I've downloaded three packages since. As not
everybody may be aware of this, do you think it may be worthwhile
reporting this to the list?

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