[Bioc-devel] BiocInstaller::getUpdatablePackages

Wolfgang Huber whuber at embl.de
Thu Nov 10 20:49:01 CET 2011


it appears that if one has multiple versions of the same package X in 
different libraries, running biocLite("foo") will in the end print the 

   Old packages: X
   Update all/some/none? [a/s/n]

even if the version of X that would be loaded by library(X) is the 
current one; and replying "a" will then needlessly reinstall the package 
over and over again. This can be particularly tedious if X is large or 

(A use case where this came up is a colleague who uses a shared 'server' 
directory in their library path, as well as a small private library in 
their home directory.)

Would it be possible / desirable for getUpdatablePackages to be smarter, 
and for each package name worry only about that version that 'library' 
would load?

Best wishes

Wolfgang Huber

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