[Rd] obsolescence

From: Barry Rowlingson <b.rowlingson_at_lancaster.ac.uk>
Date: Fri 19 Jan 2007 - 18:01:56 GMT

Since many posts to R-devel/help invoke this response:

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> Please, use the current version of R and not an obselete one

is there an argument for including a version check on R startup? These things seem somewhat in vogue these days (what with everything on the internet being in a permanent 'beta' state), and software will often start up with 'A new version of Foobar is available' dialog.

  Perhaps R.version could return a component that says 'current', 'buggy', or 'obsolete' as appropriate?

  It would need a file on a well-known URL to give the version information, an internet connection, and a bit of R code. And obviously a server capable of handling the load...

  I'd vote to have the version check off by default, perhaps settable at compile-time, and configurable by the usual R startup mechanism. The check wouldn't run if R is running with the BATCH command. Personally, I'd switch it off completely, because these things annoy me.

  Maybe this is already in R, but I'm using an obsolete version at the moment (2.4.0).

Barry



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