Re: [Rd] Missing Windows binary for R-2.15RC?

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 16:07:08 -0400

On 12-03-24 2:31 PM, Simon Urbanek wrote:
>
> On Mar 24, 2012, at 12:43 PM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>
>> On 12-03-24 10:53 AM, Uwe Ligges wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> On 24.03.2012 06:58, Daniel Nordlund wrote:
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: Dan Tenenbaum [mailto:dtenenba_at_fhcrc.org]
>>>>> Sent: Friday, March 23, 2012 5:48 PM
>>>>> To: Daniel Nordlund
>>>>> Cc: r-devel_at_r-project.org
>>>>> Subject: Re: [Rd] Missing Windows binary for R-2.15RC?
>>>>>
>>>>> On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM, Daniel Nordlund
>>>>> <djnordlund_at_frontier.com> wrote:
>>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>>> From: r-devel-bounces_at_r-project.org [mailto:r-devel-bounces_at_r-
>>>>> project.org]
>>>>>>> On Behalf Of Dan Tenenbaum
>>>>>>> Sent: Friday, March 23, 2012 12:21 PM
>>>>>>> To: r-devel_at_r-project.org
>>>>>>> Subject: [Rd] Missing Windows binary for R-2.15RC?
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> The page
>>>>>>> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/rtest.html
>>>>>>> has a link to:
>>>>>>> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/R-2.15.0rc-win.exe
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> However, clicking on that link gives a 404 "Object not found' error.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> FYI.
>>>>>>> Dan
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I experienced the same error you did using the link you provided.
>>>>> However, if you use the CRAN mirror hosted by YOUR organization, you can
>>>>> get the file. :-)
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> I don't think so:
>>>>>
>>>>> http://cran.fhcrc.org/bin/windows/base/R-2.15.0rc-win.exe
>>>>>
>>>>> gives me a 404 as well.
>>>>>
>>>>> Dan
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I didn't look closely enough at what you were asking for (RC versus beta). R-2.15RC may not have been up-loaded yet. However, I just downloaded it from the original link that was posted, so it appears to be available now.
>>>
>>> It may have happened that the scripts generated the webpages before the
>>> binary was built and checked (since "beta" became "rc" yesterday).
>>
>> Yes, they need manual tweaking at the conversion, and I did it after the first upload.
>>
>> If this happens again (which is pretty likely), you can manually download the previous version by editing the URL to put in "alpha" in place of "beta", or "beta" in place of "rc".
>>
>
> ... or have a fixed name instead (on OS X we just use 2.15-branch which is unambiguous). For the record I find it extremely annoying that even the installation target name changes in the installer - I keep having to change it to R-2.15 all the time, because I don't see why you would want to have alpha/beta/rc/release of the same R version installed in separate directories by default - but that may be just me ;). To a lesser degree the same applies to patch versions, but since those are released I could see an argument for that, even though in practice I think it is not useful either (because typically you just want to upgrade and not another copy).

I'm neutral about the name changes, but I don't think any of this is enough of a problem to be worth the time to fix. If someone else wants to do it, then I'd be happy to let you take over.

Duncan Murdoch



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