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st: StataMP and stata-mp and

From   Ryan Turner <>
Subject   st: StataMP and stata-mp and
Date   Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:30:45 -0500

Dear Statalist:

I mainly use StataMP (ie the GUI version) version 11.2 on a Mac, and I have put (a symbolic link to) my in ~/Library/Application Support/Stata as instructed at -help profilem-.  This works just fine.

I recently started using stata-mp (console version) for some batch mode processing, and I noticed that my is not executing.  The documentation (e.g. pg. 3) is very clear that will run in batch mode.

It appears stata-mp is running as a unix program (obviously so since OS X is unix, but I did not think the same OS X installation would behave differently between GUI and console) and that the instructions in -help profileu- apply.  Moving to ~/Library/Application Support/Stata/ado/personal causes it to be read both by StataMP (GUI) and stata-mp (console), becaues this path is in adopath as described in both -help profilem- and -help profileu-.

Why then does -help profilem- contain this line:

    We recommend that you put in ~/Library/Application Support/Stata.

when this path is not in the 4 search locations (and not in adopath) described in the same article?  Why does it even work?  And why is it recommended (being non-portable as demonstrated)?


Ryan J. Turner <>
Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University

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