@Fengchao has said "symlink like this is always frowned upon. If so name is changed, it usually means not backward compatiable. So fix the package or rebuild it. Do not use this walk around.". This is true, but Stata is a closed source program and we *cannot* rebuild it. R with RStudio or Python with IPython Notebook are very serviceable substitutes for Stata. If you *must* use Stata though, you have to cow to these. There are similar workarounds needed to get Mathematica on any Linux distribution which has not been Wolfram Approved.
As of Stata14, the instructions *are* out of date though, and I'm not sure why. stata (the command line interface) works exactly as advertised. But xstata flashes its splash screen and then exits, apparently gracefully. Under strace, I see the following; all the libraries it mentions exist (and none of them are libgnomeprint or libgtksourceview). 
- Nevertheless, the argument still stands, especially when there is an old version of the lib available in the AUR: AUR
- Also, please don't dump such huge outputs into the wiki, use some pastebin service instead and only provide a link.
- -- Lahwaacz (talk) 06:46, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
- But libgtksourceviewmm doesn't build because, among other reasons, it wants gtksourceview-1.0, even after going through several layers of lying to it to try to get it to build against gtksourceview2. Don't edit the wiki without testing if it works!
- (Do you really trust github more than the archwiki for continuity?)
- Kousu (talk) 18:38, 29 June 2015 (UTC)