Re: [R] Any interim update for the basic packages distributed with R?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2011 06:53:20 +0000 (GMT)

This is what the R-patched and R-devel versions of R are for. Please see the R FAQ.

Much of the base package is implemented by the compiled code in the R executable/DLL.

update.packages() can only update packages on the selected repositories. The standard packages are never there. Updates to the recommended packages which are part of the tarballs may or may not be: for example at the moment there are several updates which are only available as part of R-devel snapshots.

On Tue, 8 Mar 2011, jeanneyue wrote:

> Hi,
> I notice that there are 12 basic packages distributed with R. I was told
> that the "base" package will not be updated because it comes a specific
> version of R even if I run update.packages(). Is it true? Will the rest of
> the basic packages be updated? Your help is greatly appreciate.
> Thx,
> Jeanne

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