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Re: st: Capture break in mata

From   Alan Riley <>
Subject   Re: st: Capture break in mata
Date   Wed, 2 Oct 2013 11:56:40 -0500

George Vega Yon ( and others reported that Stata
for Windows was behaving differently from Stata for other operating
systems with respect to break key processing when break had been
set off in a piece of code:
> ...
> and what I get this message: "Break disallowed at
> this time", and the program continues and returns 1e4 (what means that
> it stayed in the loop until i=1e4, i.e. the breakkey() value never
> changed from 0).
> ...

We will change Stata for Windows to no longer display this
message and to retain the information that the break key has
been pressed.  This change will occur in a future update.

The original reason for the message in Stata for Windows was
to be informative to users who were confused when they would
press the Break button or a key combination indicating "break"
at a time when Stata had break set off.  Users could be puzzled
that Stata didn't seem to respond to "break" in such a situation.

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