[R-SIG-Mac] Installing Updated R does not update version info

Michael Fuller mm.fuller at utoronto.ca
Wed Mar 12 15:48:36 CET 2008

This is about the updated R GUI (R-GUI-4944-2.6-Deployment), released  
in February 2008.

Installing the updated GUI version of R 2.6.2 causes the version  
number to revert to that of the older version. This may not be a big  
problem from the perspective of function, but it could cause confusion  
when people are checking version numbers for R.

I always check the version number (displayed in the "info" window of  
the application icon) when I upgrade to verify that upgrading was  
successful. Before moving the updated R to the Applications directory,  
info says its version is: 1.24-devel (4944). But after moving updated  
R to Applications, info says the version is: 1.23 (4932), which is the  
version shown for the older (non-updated) R 2.6.2. Note that I had  
moved the older version to the Documents dir prior to moving the  
updated version to Applications.

Here's the kicker: when I run the updated R and examine "About R", it  
says that the version is 1.24-devel (4944). Yet, the info box still  
claims it is version 1.23!

Maybe someone should fix? Or is it supposed to do that?

Michael Fuller, Ph.D.
Faculty of Forestry
2005 Earth Sciences Center
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5R 3B3
PHONE: (416) 946-0119
EMAIL: mm.fuller at utoronto.ca
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