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st: repeated (bogus?) license file error message

From   Pann McCuaig <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: repeated (bogus?) license file error message
Date   Tue, 5 Sep 2006 09:00:55 -0400

Background Information:
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  Statistics/Data Analysis            StataCorp
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15-user Stata for Linux64 (network) perpetual license:
       Serial number:  81390516503
         Licensed to:  Columbia University Economics Department
                       New York

      1.  (-m# option or -set memory-) 10.00 MB allocated to data
      2.  (-v# option or -set maxvar-) 5000 maximum variables
      3.  Command line editing enabled
Stata is running on a cluster of nine Sun multi-Opteron boxes running
Scientific Linux 4.3. Normal /usr/local install. /use/local is local to
one of the nine boxes and is NFS-exported to the other 8.

Here is the error message:
Some other person or process is manipulating Stata's license file.
You must save your data and exit; no other commands are allowed.
It may not appear for days or weeks, and then seems to come in bunches.
Needless to say it is _very_ frustrating for users.

It is possible that that the error message only occurs on boxes with NFS
/usr/local, since running stata on the box hosting /usr/local is
discouraged. Stata does get run on that box from time to time, however.

There is virtually zero possibility that we have ever had 15
simultaneous instances of stata running.

There is one message in the list archive about this error, but no

Thanks for any light anyone is able to shed.

Pann McCuaig <[email protected]>                212-854-8689
Systems Coordinator, Economics Department, Columbia University
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