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st: RE: re: Stata stops recognizing basic commands


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: re: Stata stops recognizing basic commands
Date   Wed, 12 Dec 2007 15:05:05 -0000

Yes indeed. Good point. 

Kit Baum

Nick said

... But I don't think reinstalling
Stata will make anything worse. StataCorp put an enormous amount of
effort into making that process inherently safe.

With a caveat, with regard to the material Jo has downloaded from the
web. If Jo used the -ssc- or -net install- commands, those files will be
placed in a directory other than the default Stata directory.  
Stata's update process (and reinstall process) assumes that everything
in the default Stata directory is Stata's stuff, and not the user's
stuff. Sometimes users manually place downloaded materials in the Stata
directory, and those could be lost in an upgrade/reinstall.

Downloaded materials should be placed in the PERSONAL or PLUS
directories, as defined by -adopath-.


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