[Rd] Check for updates under Windows (Was: a reliable way to check the latest version of R on CRAN?)

Yihui Xie xie at yihui.name
Tue Sep 21 18:49:50 CEST 2010

Yes, that's more or less what I mean. Thanks!

Maybe this functionality can be added to src/gnuwin32/rui.c

Yihui Xie <xieyihui at gmail.com>
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On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 6:54 AM, Barry Rowlingson
<b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 11:17 PM, Yihui Xie <xie at yihui.name> wrote:
>> Dear R developers,
>> I asked this question in r-help list but have not got a definite
>> solution yet, and I think it might be more appropriate to ask
>> developers or CRAN maintainers directly. Many software packages often
>> have a menu item like "Check for updates" under the "Help" menu, e.g.
>> Filezilla and Firefox, and I believe it is also necessary for R (at
>> least for R GUI under Windows). Note all users really have to update
>> R, but we should make it clearer to them that new versions are
>> available. Yes, they can go to R homepage to check by themselves, but
>> my experience tells me it is rarely the case. Therefore, I wish RGui
>> could gain a new menu to check for updates of R. Thanks very much!
> Something like this:
>  winMenuAdd("Updates"); winMenuAddItem("Updates","R
> Version","require(gtools);checkRVersion()")
> Barry

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