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st: downloading packages from SSC

From   Kit Baum <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: downloading packages from SSC
Date   Mon, 11 Sep 2006 19:42:21 -0400

Dave has firewall issues:

A colleague went to the StataJournal site to download the .ado file and
help file for the 'stcompet' command - we want to do some cumulative
estimation of competing risks in cancer data. Running this command on
the example data from Enzo Coviello ( article in Stata Journal (2004) 4,
Number 2, pp 103-112) produced an error message: unrecognised command:
levels 7. Nick Cox posted a response to this error on 3rd Aug 2006.

As Nick Cox suggested, a clean fix would be to download the package from
SSC which would install the missing components. This is not an option
for me. Is it possible to download the packages from SSC to a third
party media and then install them on my LAN? We do not have a copy of
Stata on any of the machines we use for independent access to the

The contents of the SSC Archive are mirrored on web pages at

If you are using a Windows system connected to the internet, you may very well not be able to download the .hlp files due to security restrictions. You will have no problems doing so from a Mac, Linux or Unix machine. Download the files via the web browser (using a *nix machine or Macintosh, it is most easily done with the wget or curl utilities built in to those systems) and transfer them to your firewall system. The exhortations that materials in the SSC archive must be downloaded by Stata are made due to the many problems Windows users have trying to download these files intact. Avoid Windows and life will be better in many ways, not the least of which is that .hlp files will behave as StataCorp intended.


Kit Baum, Boston College Economics
An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata:

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