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st: Re: ICE in Stata 10

From   Kit Baum <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   st: Re: ICE in Stata 10
Date   Tue, 8 Jan 2008 16:34:21 -0500

Keeping the name as st0067 would not help, as the name of that package on the SSC archive is not st0067. There is no way for any process to determine whether a particular Stata Journal software insert is the same as a particular SSC Archive package. Very often when a user-programmer updates a routine s/he may add or subtract components from the package. Thus, it is really not possible to write an 'adoupdate' that would know how to deal with these differences. The rule of thumb mentioned---check the version numbers and distribution dates, and consider that a later version often is present on SSC--is a reasonable one.


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

On Jan 8, 2008, at 2:33 AM, statalist-digest wrote:

One other thing to realize is that, even if SJ does provide an
update, -adoupdate- won't catch it, because the update is always
published with a new name, e.g. the original might be st0067 and the
latest update st0067_2.  So, if you are using something from SJ, you
need to manually check whether there is a newer version.  Perhaps it
would make more sense for SJ to always have the latest version have
the same name while providing older versions with _1, _2 type
extensions.  Keeping the older versions around is mostly useful for
when you want to exactly reproduce the results of the original
article.  That is useful, but I think most people are more concerned
with having the latest software.
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