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st: RE: Overriding the version command

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: Overriding the version command
Date   Fri, 3 Sep 2004 12:42:31 +0100

The short answer is No. As you say, user-written software can sometimes
be hacked, but that's not guaranteed to work. 

As far as your relation with University IT people is concerned,  
I'd try charm. My situation is that I visit the IT support people and do 
the -update- with them.  

Their report was that 

(a) No-one had _ever_ previously offered to do this with _any_ software. 
Many academics often treat them badly, giving peremptory requests or 
instructions, which do not appear considerate or respectful of their 
expertise and other commitments. 

(b) They appreciated my input, which saved them a lot of time. There was 
no need for them to look at unfamiliar documentation. 

(c) They were pleasantly surprised that Stata was very easy to update. 
Other software can be much more painful. 


Richard Williams
> Is there any simple way to get Stata to override the version 
> command and 
> run programs written for a later version?  Stata 8.0, Jan. 2003 is 
> installed on some campus cluster machines, and unfortunately 
> I am at the 
> mercy of other people to get these updated.  If my students 
> download a 
> program written for version 8.1 or 8.2 I would like it to run for 
> them.  The changes between 8.0 and 8.2 seem small enough that 
> my guess is 
> the vast majority or user-written routines will run fine in 
> 8.0, especially 
> for the fairly basic things I am covering now.  You could, of 
> course, just 
> edit any ado files so they said 8.0, but I'd like to keep 
> things as simple 
> as possible.  Thanks for any advice.
> In the future, I'll have to remember to get after the 
> computing people to 
> update things at least once a semester -- my guess is they 
> don't even know 
> that updates are possible and available.

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