[R] R base packages

Rich Calaway richcala at microsoft.com
Mon Oct 23 23:19:51 CEST 2017

This will give you a list of the current base packages:

priority <- installed.packages()[,"Priority"]
names(priority)[priority %in% "base"]

Change "base" to "recommended" to see the current recommended packages.

The base packages are part of R, they are not available separately. If you try to install one, you'll see a warning such as the following:

2: package 'compiler' is a base package, and should not be updated


Rich Calaway
Microsoft R Team

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From: R-help [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Bert Gunter
Sent: Monday, October 23, 2017 12:50 PM
To: Rene J Suarez-Soto <rene.j.suarez at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [R] R base packages



Bert Gunter

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On Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 11:36 AM, Rene J Suarez-Soto < rene.j.suarez at gmail.com> wrote:

> I installed R 3.4.2 (Windows) and noticed that 30 folders are under my 
> R_HOME/library folder. I assume all of these are R base packages. Is 
> this correct? Where can I see a list of current R base packages? Also; 
> are R base packages also in CRAN? and are these packages updated only 
> when a new version of R is released or can the be updated at a 
> different time? Thanks
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