Re: [R] bug in chdir option of source

From: Peter Dalgaard <>
Date: Tue 12 Jul 2005 - 22:10:50 EST writes:

> I apologize for not having investigated enough.
> However I want to bring up the point that upgrading can be a very
> tedious thing. I administer a cluster for which upgrading brings it to a
> halt for several hours stopping all calculations going on. At the moment
> I have no way to go from 2.1.0 to 2.1.1.

Hmm, I'll believe you, but the blame for that can be shifted in various directions.

> I just want to add this point to the release policy of R which
> historically has very quick release cycles which on the one hand is a
> very positive thing but on the other hand can be problematic with
> respect to some aspects.

Actually, we have quite slow release cycles compared to other OpenSource projects. It's basically twice a year plus minor patches. According to, a project's "vitality" essentially drops to zero a month after the latest release.

Now if only people would actually try the betas rather than reporting errors after the release, we'd have a much better chance of avoiding problems like yours...

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