[R] Windows package upates

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jan 18 17:56:53 CET 2006

On Wed, 18 Jan 2006, John Logsdon wrote:

> Dear list
> Having just started to use the Windows version, I am very impressed with
> it's package handling as well as the gui.
> So I tried to see what was due for update and packages such as Hmisc,
> Matrix and others came up.
> But when I had updated them - which took a few goes as something hung
> between here and Bristol - I noticed that the default packages such as
> nmle, MASS had disappeared.  I re-installed them but is this a glitch or a
> feature?

Were they amongst the updates (I suspect so)?  R tries hard to recover 
from failures to download, but it cannot do so if you kill it at a crucial 
time.  (For source-code installs, 2.3.0 will be even better at recovering 
as it will catch attempts to kill and clean up.)

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