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st: New version of -stcmd- on SSC

From   Roger Newson <[email protected]>
To   "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
Subject   st: New version of -stcmd- on SSC
Date   Mon, 15 Aug 2011 11:08:49 +0100

Thanks once again to Kit Baum, a new version of the -stcmd- package is now available for download from SSC. In Stata, use the -ssc- command to do this, or -adoupdate- if you already have an old version of -stcmd-.

The -stcmd- command is described as below on my website, and is used to run the Stat/Transfer package from inside Stata, if the user has Stat/Transfer installed. The new version is still written in Stata Version 10, but adds a new module -outputstold-. The -outputstold- module is an alternative version of the -outputst- module, for use by users whose Stat/Transfer version is less up to date than the user's Stata version. There appears to be a tradition that Version K of Stat/Transfer is shipped on the same day as Version K+1 of Stata, and adds the ability to read Stata Version K+1 datasets. This may cause problems for the -outputst- module if the user has updated Stata without also updating Stat/Transfer, because -outputst- writes a temporary Stata dataset in the latest Stata version using -save-, and this temporary dataset is then input to Stat/Transfer, and, if the user's version of Stat/Transfer cannot read Stata datasets written by the user's version of Stata, then Stat/Transfer will fail, and so will -outputst-. The -outputstold- module writes the temporary Stata dataset in the previous Stata version using -saveold-, making it recognizable as a Stata dataset for the user's outdated version of Stat/Transfer.

Best wishes


Roger B Newson BSc MSc DPhil
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Respiratory Epidemiology and Public Health Group
National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London
Royal Brompton Campus
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package stcmd from

      stcmd: Run the Stat/Transfer st command from inside Stata

The program stcmd runs the Stat/Transfer st command from inside Stata, if Stat/Transfer is installed on the user's system. Stat/Transfer converts
      data sets from one format to another (eg Stata to/from R). It is
available from Stata Corporation and manufactured by Circle Systems, and
      further information can be found at The
program inputst converts an existing non-Stata input file into a Stata dataset in the memory, overwriting any existing data. The program outputst
      converts the Stata dataset in the memory to a newly-created non-Stata
output file. The programs inputst and outputst require stcmd, and therefore
      should not be downloaded alone. If the Stat/Transfer directory on the
user's system is not on the user's default path, then the user must set the global macro StatTransfer_path to contain the path for the Stat/Transfer st command, possibly in the file (see on-line help for details).

      Author: Roger Newson
      Distribution-Date: 11august2011
      Stata-Version: 10

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