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Re: st: unrar - unzipfile

From   Nick Cox <>
Subject   Re: st: unrar - unzipfile
Date   Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:38:54 +0100

-unrar- is not, to my understanding, a DOS command strict sense, or
whatever Microsoft wants to call them these days.

It is a call to a program you may or may not have installed. So, that
kind of use depends on what extras you have.

Also, the usefulness of that kind of call depends on setting the path.

On the rest, a Google turns up various places including

Looking at that kind of list, I see many I used to know and use, and
many I probably never knew about. I still occasionally go the Command
Prompt and issue -dir- -find- or -xcopy-.


On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM, Pablo Bonilla
<> wrote:
> Thank you both for your answers.
> I found that I have to run both DOS commands in the same line within
> the Stata or the do-file editor.
> shell set path="C:\Program Files\WinRAR";%path% & unrar  e "filename.rar"
> Otherwise it does not  work because each time the shell opens the DOS
> the "set path" command does not remain.
> Thank you both. This is super useful.
> PS: do you know where can I learn more about DOS or executing useful
> DOS commands from Stata ???
> On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM, Nick Cox <> wrote:
>> Aaron's giving good answers but I am not clear why the question
>> emphasises doing this while -shell-ing out. I've had good results
>> under Windows with PeaZip
>> and I typically enter PeaZip as a separate application. Then it's
>> usually easy to see what's what. That is  especially helpful if the
>> compressed file is not quite as you expect, or contains several files,
>> which are not equally interesting or useful.
>> I note that as a generality the answers to such questions depend on
>> operating system; it's only an incidental mention of "win" as a prefix
>> that lets us guess that Pablo is using Windows. The FAQ encourages you
>> to specify operating system if it could possibly be pertinent.
>> Nick
>> On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 5:32 PM, Aaron Kirkman <> wrote:
>>> I misspoke. Once you've set the path from the Windows command line
>>> (which can be invoked by running --shell-- from within Stata), this
>>> command:
>>> !unrar e filename.rar
>>> should work from within Stata or a do file. It's a shell command, but
>>> the exclamation point will break the command if it's run from the
>>> Windows command line instead of Stata.
>>  On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM, Pablo Bonilla
>> <> wrote:
>>>> I would like to know if there is a command that “unrar” my rar files.
>>>> The -unzipfile- command does not work with .rar files. If that command
>>>> does not exist, do any of you know how to use the -shell- command in
>>>> order to use “winRAR” with the purpose of unrar my files?

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