[R] Advice please ...

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Oct 14 20:31:30 CEST 1998

On Wed, 14 Oct 1998, John Logsdon wrote:

> 2	There was a list of outstanding problems from Jim Lindsey that
> have appeared in 0.62.3 that were not there on 0.62.1.  

The NEWS file for 0.62.3 has a far longer list of outstanding problems in
0.62.1 that are fixed in 0.62.3, some of which are much more serious IMHO. 

> I need to upgrade from RH4.1 Linux and was proposing to use SuSe once the
> YasT English problem is solved.  Upgrading is always quite a
> time-consuming affair, particularly as I will copy /usr/local, /home and
> /etc and rebuild completely.
> So my question is, what R to load?  I still have 0.50 on my system and
> need to upgrade, given that I will use SuSe 5.3.  Would you suggest I:
> a	Load 0.62.3, the latest version
> b	Load 0.62.1, which works with Jim's libraries

This does not come close to working with my libraries, and has (literally)
dozens of known errors that have been corrected by 0.62.3. (Even one of the
Lindsey examples, seq, is also wrong in 0.62.1, but in a more insidious

I suggest you go for 0.62.3: it has the fewest known bugs of any version
(and the next version, 0.63, is not yet stable enough to surplant it, at
least for my tests).

Brian D. Ripley,                 ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk 
Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
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