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st: RE: clonevar

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   st: RE: clonevar
Date   Tue, 12 Oct 2004 11:11:05 +0100

Fred Wolfe doesn't like this error message 
produced by -clonevar- (a command added 
to official Stata on 5 October 2004)
when he is trying to assign to an existing 

In effect, Fred is being reminded that 
-clonevar- is for producing new variables, 
and he is expected to infer that the problem 
in his case is that he is not using 
a new variable name. 

As Richard Williams surmised, 
a more direct error message is easy to 
produce. I've cloned -clonevar- to that 
effect and we'll see if StataCorp like my 
genetic engineering. 

[email protected] 

Fred Wolfe
> -clonevar- reports an error incorrectly:
> . clonevar tpulmev = pulmev
> (8070 missing values generated)
> . clonevar tpulmev = pulmev
> syntax is clonevar newvar = varname ...
> r(198);
> It should probably report that tpulmev already exists rather 
> than its error 
> statement (which isn't false, but is open to many interpretations).

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