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Re: st: Install ado Files on Mac (different from Windows PC?)

From   Neil Shephard <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: Install ado Files on Mac (different from Windows PC?)
Date   Wed, 12 Jan 2011 08:52:13 +0000

On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM, Nils Braakmann
<[email protected]> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I recently downloaded some .ado and .hlp Files from an author's
> private web page (not set up as a Stata download page). To install
> them the author recommended simply copying them into the appropriate
> personal folder (found by -adopath-). Being a former Windows user I
> remember that this approach always worked fine. However, after doing
> the same on my Mac Stata does not seem to be able to find the file
> (i.e., gives the error messages you would expect when a file simply
> does not exist). Is there anything fundamentally different with
> installing ado-files on a Mac? (If not I probably messed up somewhere,
> although I am not entirely sure how I could have managed to do that
> with copying a file, which seems simple enough...)

Well, what does your adopath contain?  (Type -adopath- in Stata to find out)

Where have you placed the files?

What are the permissions on the files?

OSX is a UNIX-based operating system (originally based on FreeBSD and
NetBSD, see and as such
inherits the structure for file permissions common to all UNIX-like
systems (described in detail at

To check the file permissions...

Start a terminal and then use 'cd' to change directory to where the
ado files are located.

Now list the files with details of their permissions by typing 'ls -l'

Look at the files in question, what does the first part say with
regards to '-rw-rw-r--' or '----------' (see above description on
Wikipedia for what these mean)

Check the file ownership as well, does it match your user name and
group membership?

Ideally the files should have '-rw-rw-r--' which means they are
read-able and write-able by the owner and group to which the file

You can change ownership of the files using 'chmod [user]:[group] [filename]'

You can change read-write permissions using 'chown 0664 [filename]'


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