Re: [Rd] obsolescence

From: Liaw, Andy <>
Date: Thu 25 Jan 2007 - 14:08:08 GMT

I think many would object to automatic check at every start-up. For the issue at hand, perhaps a check inside would go a long way? Just an idea...


From: Barry Rowlingson
> 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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