[Rd] obsolescence

Liaw, Andy andy_liaw at merck.com
Thu Jan 25 15:08:08 CET 2007

I think many would object to automatic check at every start-up.  For the
issue at hand, perhaps a check inside bug.report() 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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