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RE: st: Direct downloads [Was Re: panel unit root tests]

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: Direct downloads [Was Re: panel unit root tests]
Date   Tue, 23 Nov 2004 17:19:33 -0000

The difference of 78 bytes is equal 
to the number of lines in the file. My 
guess is that this is consistent with 
Joseph's guess and a reflection of how 
end of line characters are treated in 
the two cases. 

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Joseph Coveney

> Timothy McKenna wrote:
> Why would downloading from the ideas archive directly result 
> in files that are 
> possibly corrupt?  Those of us stuck behind corporate 
> firewalls typically do 
> not have any other option but to download updates and ado 
> files directly.  I 
> have never had any problems with the direct downloads, have I 
> been just lucky?
> I believe that it has to do with the suffix .hlp for the 
> ASCII Stata help 
> filename, which is shared by Windows Help files.
> If you download it from the IDEAS archive to, say, a 
> temporary directory and 
> double-click on it directly from a Windows Explorer pane, 
> you'll get a "The 
> C:\Temp\ipshin.hlp is not a Windows Help file, or the file is 
> corrupted." 
> message, because Windows cannot recognize the file type.  
> However, if you place it into the proper Stata directory 
> along with the ado-
> file, it seems to work properly from within Stata.
> Note that the file size does seem to differ slightly between 
> an SSC install and 
> a download from IDEAS, for example, ipshin.hlp is 3456 bytes 
> by -ssc install- 
> and 3378 bytes by downloading (as a "helpfile") from within 
> Windows XP SP2 from 
> IDEAS.  This might have to do with Windows thinking that it's 
> downloading a 
> binary file in the latter case.  It doesn't seem to have any adverse 
> consequences.

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