[Rd] Wishlist: install.packages to look for the newest version (PR#13852)

ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de
Fri Jul 24 20:00:38 CEST 2009


if you install from source, you always get the most recent version of 
the package given it does not depend on a newer version of R.

If you want a binary package, you also get the newest version - that was 
newest at the time we stopped building binaries for that version of R.
We (or better I if we only talk about Windows, but similar for all other 
platforms) cannot build for each R version any more. In that case we'd 
have to build even 11 binary versions for Windows just for the R-2.x.y 
series now. Binary repositories are fixed at some time (for Windows once 
the first patchlevel release of the next R version is out, e.g. at the 
time of the R-2.9.1 release the binary builds for R-2.8.x had been stopped).

So please upgrade your version of R or compile yourself from sources for 
the R version you need the particular package for.

Best wishes,
Uwe Ligges

groemping at bht-berlin.de wrote:
> Full_Name: Ulrike Groemping
> Version: 2.9.0 (and older)
> OS: Windows
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> When using an older version of R, packages are not found although they are
> available for newer versions of R and do work when installed with the old
> version. For example, installing DoE.base on R 2.8.1 installs version 0.2, while
> CRAN is at version 0.4-1 currently. It would be nice if the install process
> would per default look for the newest version of the package and install this
> one if its R-version request allows this. (I recently found a help list entry by
> Uwe Ligges that explains how to manually install from a repository for a newer
> CRAN version, but I did not bookmark it and cannot find it any more. The
> documentation does not enlighten me there.)
> Regards, Ulrike
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