R 3.4.4 is released

Peter Dalgaard pd.mes at cbs.dk
Thu Mar 15 09:59:19 CET 2018

The build system rolled up R-3.4.4.tar.gz (codename "Someone to Lean On") this morning.

This is intended to be the last of the 3.4.x release series. The list below details the changes.

You can get the source code from


or wait for it to be mirrored at a CRAN site nearer to you.

Binaries for various platforms will appear in due course.

For the R Core Team,

Peter Dalgaard

These are the checksums (md5 and SHA-256) for the freshly created files, in case you wish
to check that they are uncorrupted:

MD5 (AUTHORS) = f12a9c3881197b20b08dd3d1f9d005e6
MD5 (COPYING) = eb723b61539feef013de476e68b5c50a
MD5 (COPYING.LIB) = a6f89e2100d9b6cdffcea4f398e37343
MD5 (FAQ) = 32a94aba902b293cf8b8dbbf4113f2ab
MD5 (INSTALL) = 7893f754308ca31f1ccf62055090ad7b
MD5 (NEWS) = f0ddf36639951987249a206fd4295da9
MD5 (NEWS.0) = bfcd7c147251b5474d96848c6f57e5a8
MD5 (NEWS.1) = eb78c4d053ec9c32b815cf0c2ebea801
MD5 (NEWS.2) = 591dcf615162127f904e4e461f330ce9
MD5 (R-latest.tar.gz) = 9d6f73be072531e95884c7965ff80cd8
MD5 (README) = f468f281c919665e276a1b691decbbe6
MD5 (RESOURCES) = 529223fd3ffef95731d0a87353108435
MD5 (THANKS) = f60d286bb7294cef00cb0eed4052a66f
MD5 (VERSION-INFO.dcf) = 00f5b3721b3b72360c92fbd9dc8c7411
MD5 (R-3/R-3.4.4.tar.gz) = 9d6f73be072531e95884c7965ff80cd8

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This is the relevant part of the NEWS file



    * Sys.timezone() tries more heuristics on Unix-alikes and so is
      more likely to succeed (especially on Linux).  For the slowest
      method, a warning is given recommending that TZ is set to avoid
      the search.

    * The version of LAPACK included in the sources has been updated to
      3.8.0 (for the routines used by R, a very minor bug-fix change).

    * parallel::detectCores(logical = FALSE) is ignored on Linux
      systems, since the information is not available with virtualized


    * configure will use pkg-config to find the flags to link to jpeg
      if available (as it should be for the recently-released jpeg-9c
      and libjpeg-turbo).  (This amends the code added in R 3.3.0 as
      the module name in jpeg-9c is not what that tested for.)


    * Sys.timezone(location = FALSE) (which was a stop-gap measure for
      Windows long ago) is deprecated.  It no longer returns the value
      of environment variable TZ (usually a location).

    * Legacy support of make macros such as CXX1X is formally
      deprecated: use the CXX11 forms instead.


    * power.prop.test() now warns when it cannot solve the problem,
      typically because of impossible constraints. (PR#17345)

    * removeSource() no longer erroneously removes NULL in certain
      cases, thanks to D'enes T'oth.

    * nls(`NO [mol/l]` ~ f(t)) and nls(y ~ a) now work.  (Partly from

    * R CMD build checks for GNU cp rather than assuming Linux has it.
      (PR#17370 says 'Alpine Linux' does not.)

    * Non-UTF-8 multibyte character handling fixed more permanently

    * sum(<large ints>, <stuff>) is more consistent.  (PR#17372)

    * rf() and rbeta() now also work correctly when ncp is not scalar,
      notably when (partly) NA.  (PR#17375)

    * R CMD INSTALL now correctly sets C++ compiler flags when all
      source files are in sub-directories of src.
Peter Dalgaard, Professor,
Center for Statistics, Copenhagen Business School
Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Phone: (+45)38153501
Office: A 4.23
Email: pd.mes at cbs.dk  Priv: PDalgd at gmail.com

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