b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk
Fri Jan 19 19:01:56 CET 2007
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
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