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st: Re: execute external program from within Stata?

From   Kit Baum <>
Subject   st: Re: execute external program from within Stata?
Date   Wed, 19 Nov 2008 10:45:56 -0500

I realize that Stata no longer supports DOS. However the Windows "8.3" file-naming convention is that of DOS, with .exe, .bin, .hlp, .doc, .xls, .ppt etc. and a good deal of that lives on in Stata (ever wonder why someone would come up with a command named "wntstmvq"? It is a blessing that DOS support is gone, as it allowed getting away from clumsy abbreviations as Stata command names. Other operating systems are not limited to using three-letter filetypes (or any filetypes at all), and I suppose modern Windows no longer requires it either, as it tolerates .sthlp and several other non-trigraph file extensions in Stata.

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

On Nov 19, 2008, at 02:33 , Sergiy wrote:

thank you for the explanation. Since Stata does not run in DOS anymore
(why?), Windows should be the only platform left with *.EXE
executables, but at the same time Nick writes that "You don't signal
which platform(s) (operating system(s)) you are using." That's why I
wanted to double check.

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