Re: [Rd] 'sessionInfo()' instead of 'version'

From: roger koenker <rkoenker_at_uiuc.edu>
Date: Thu 29 Dec 2005 - 21:17:39 GMT

My fault, what you show is exactly what I wanted...

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On Dec 29, 2005, at 3:09 PM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> On 12/29/2005 3:07 PM, roger koenker wrote:
>> In a private response to Tony Plate's suggestion to replace version()
>> output with sessionInfo() in R-help requests,
>>> roger koenker wrote:
>>>
>>>> Thanks for this, it would seem useful to have version numbers for
>>>> the packages too?
>> and Tony replied,
>>> Sounds sensible to me! If I were you I'd send a message to R-
>>> devel suggesting this. AFAIK, some changes to sessionInfo() are
>>> already being considered, so this is a good time to suggest that.
>> So, for what it is worth....
>> Roger
>> PS My notion is that it is sometimes useful to document the state
>> of play
>> when a particular object was created, much like the recent thread on
>> date stamping of objects in R-help.
>
> I'm not sure what you're asking for. This is what I see in R-
> patched; it's very similar to what 2.1.1 shows:
>
> > sessionInfo()
> R version 2.2.1, 2005-12-27, i386-pc-mingw32
>
> attached base packages:
> [1] "splines" "methods" "stats" "graphics" "grDevices"
> "utils"
> [7] "datasets" "base"
>
> other attached packages:
> multtest survival
> "1.8.0" "2.20"
>
> There's no point showing the versions of base packages, because
> they match the R version. What other information would you like to
> see?
>
> So far the following reasonable suggestions have been made. I
> forget where they were posted, so you may not have seen them:
>
> - the Subversion revision number, at least for non-released versions
> - the version number of the GUI, at least for OS X (where it
> changes independently of R).
>
> Duncan Murdoch



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