[Rd] update.package() asking even when asked to not ask

Pages, Herve hp@ge@ @end|ng |rom |redhutch@org
Sat Apr 20 22:39:32 CEST 2019


I was trying to update packages today on one of our MacOS servers, and 
got this:

   > update.packages(ask=FALSE)

     There is a binary version available but the source version is later:
         binary source needs_compilation
   gsl 1.9-10.3  2.1-6              TRUE

   Do you want to install from sources the package which needs 
compilation? (Yes/no/cancel)

So it looks like 'ask=FALSE' only turns off one type of question. What 
is not immediately obvious is that in order to also turn off the type of 
question asked above one needs to set 'type' either to 
"mac.binary.el-capitan" or "source" (by default 'type' is set to "both" 
on Mac).

Some clarification in the man page about the scope of 'ask=FALSE' would 
be welcome, with possibly some hint about how to turn off all questions.



 > sessionInfo()
R version 3.6.0 beta (2019-04-16 r76403)
Platform: x86_64-apple-darwin15.6.0 (64-bit)
Running under: OS X El Capitan 10.11.6

Matrix products: default

[1] en_US.UTF-8/en_US.UTF-8/en_US.UTF-8/C/en_US.UTF-8/en_US.UTF-8

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods base

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
[1] compiler_3.6.0 tools_3.6.0

Hervé Pagès

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