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Re: st: Stata stops recognizing basic commands


From   "Austin Nichols" <austinnichols@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Stata stops recognizing basic commands
Date   Wed, 12 Dec 2007 11:36:28 -0500

Jo--
The only thing to do before implementing these solutions is to back up
your disk as is, unless you are sure you never stored user-written
files anywhere that official Stata might overwrite them.  Most
user-written files are available over the net, but if you have some
that you wrote yourself, or got over email from colleagues, they may
not be easily reinstalled after overwriting a files.  Such an outcome
is unlikely, but possible.  For example, if you modified the official
codebook.ado to allow -if- and -in- options and then saved it in an
official Stata directory (a bad practice, but one I have seen used) it
could get overwritten when reinstalling and then be irretrievably
lost.  Of course, if you find yourself in this type of situation, you
have learned a valuable lesson--you should rename files and programs
when you modify them, and save them in a safe location. Small
consolation if you lose something important, I suppose.

On Dec 12, 2007 11:14 AM, William Gould, StataCorp LP <wgould@stata.com> wrote:
> Jo has already gotten lots of good advice from the list.  Some of that
> advice, however, as been of the form of "do this and hope" and then
> gone on to mention how serious the problem might be.  Jo, I fear, may
> be more nervous than ever.
>
> Here's my advice:
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