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st: Slowing Stata down

From   Laura Gibbons <>
Subject   st: Slowing Stata down
Date   Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:56:41 -0800 (PST)

My Dell PC computer has timing issues such that when Stata's accessing a file on disc, Stata can occasionally go too fast, at least compared to my computer, generating error messages about files being "read only". In my own code, if I have the program "sleep" for a few msec before accessing a file, I can get around this.

But is there anything I can do to slow down internal Stata code? I'm trying to MI reshape a data set, and I get error messages during the "assembling results" stage about files being "read only" which I know are indications of the same problem. [My computer at home, while generally running faster, does not have this problem, either in my other code or within MI reshape.]

Many thanks,


Laura E. Gibbons, PhD
General Internal Medicine, University of Washington
Box 359780, Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
phone: 206-744-1842, fax: 206-744-9917,
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