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Stata 7: Mac installation

Title   Stata 7: Mac installation
Author Chinh Nguyen, StataCorp

Some of Stata’s commands do not work.

Most likely, Stata is not being completely installed. Stata is completely installed when the installer notifies you that installation was successful. If the installer crashes during the installation, some of the components may be missing. If this is the case, see the answer to My computer crashes during the installation.

Another possibility is that the ado folder is missing. If this is the case, reinstall Stata.

Should I create an alias for Stata?

No, double-clicking on an alias for Stata has the same effect as clicking on the Stata icon to start it. This in effect makes Stata’s directory the current working directory. Just use Stata.do.

Double-clicking on an alias of Stata.do has the same effect as double-clicking the original Stata.do file (i.e., it makes the location of the Stata.do file the current folder). This is most likely what you want to do.

Can I make an alias of Stata’s ADO folder?

It depends on what your intentions are. If it is to quickly get to Stata’s ado folder (assuming it is in Stata’s folder), sure. If the intention is to put Stata’s ado folder in a location other than Stata’s folder and then create the alias to it in Stata’s folder, then no. Stata will not follow the alias, so most of Stata’s commands will not work.