Removal of support for stat packages (Omegahat, Stata, others)

A.J. Rossini rossini at
Fri Jan 30 18:57:24 CET 2004

Brendan Halpin <brendan.halpin at> writes:

> I feel like one of very few users of Stata via ESS. I know e-lisp
> but I'm reluctant to volunteer because I have only a superficial
> knowledge of how ESS is supposed to work -- I use very little of
> its functionality on a day to day basis. 
> It may be worth appealing for interest on the Stata mailing list.
> Another issue for Stata is whether Emacs-based Stata users would be
> better off in developing Emacs functionality that exploits Stata's
> ability to link to any arbitrary editor as its "do-file editor".
> This may be more the line Bill Rising's stata.el goes; I haven't
> looked at it. 

Two comments:

1. this is all we really need to continue to support Stata within ESS,
as well as continue the slow discussions with Bill Rising about
integration.  My concern is about people reporting problems and
working with the developers on fixes, rather than saying "it's broke
and I'm leaving".  (IIRC, Brendan helped me work through a few things
early on).

2. ANY removal of code will NOT happen for the next stable release,
but during the next development cycle (post 5.2, or pre 6.0, depending
on your view).


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