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Re: st: Unable to create local macro in modified ado-file (xtreg_fe.ado)

From   Richard Williams <>
Subject   Re: st: Unable to create local macro in modified ado-file (xtreg_fe.ado)
Date   Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:11:01 -0500

At 04:16 AM 1/17/2012, Nick Cox wrote:
Modifying Stata's own files -- even when under a new name, the only
defensible way to do it -- can be tricky. StataCorp's developers feel
free to use undocumented features and to write code that is not
densely explained.

Thanks to version control, there are also huge chunks of Stata that might be classified as Not Documented any Longer, e.g. unless you have the Stata 6 software or manuals sitting around it is hard to figure out what some of the commands in xtreg_fe.ado are doing. I am not sure what to do about this. Maybe there could be commands like -help6- or -help7- that fired up the old help files. Or, maybe the old help could be left available online.

Richard Williams, Notre Dame Dept of Sociology
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