[R] Upgrade through the R interface?

stephen sefick ssefick at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 16:06:12 CEST 2009

I was just curious.  For  a couple of times a year building from the
sources doesn't make this a super high priority for me to write such a
function (assuming I have the skills to do this anyway) as the core
team makes it quite easy to just download whatever I need.
Thanks for all of the help,

Stephen Sefick

On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 9:58 AM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch at stats.uwo.ca> wrote:
> On 3/31/2009 9:37 AM, stephen sefick wrote:
>> Why can we not update R through a update.version() command from within
>> R?  This may be my ignorance about how software distribution works,
>> but I was interested.
> Because nobody has contributed such a function.
> There are a few tricky issues in writing it:  generally packages need
> updating as well if the X or Y in version X.Y.Z changes, and new updates for
> some may not be available.  As well, on some platforms, files can't be
> replaced while in use; e.g. on Windows, you'd probably need to shut down R
> before it could be replaced.
> So I think it could be done on Windows and probably on other platforms too,
> but it would take a fair bit of work to implement.  You just need to find
> someone who has spare time on their hands to do it (or do it yourself, or
> hire someone, ....)
> Duncan Murdoch

Stephen Sefick

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so little or so large that all they really do for us is puff us up and
make us feel like gods.  We are mammals, and have not exhausted the
annoying little problems of being mammals.

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