[Rd] Suspect error in windows version of 3.60

Len Weil Len@We|| @end|ng |rom comc@@t@net
Sat Apr 27 16:30:41 CEST 2019



I've observed a suspected bug in R-3.60 for Windows 10.

I am using the latest R version, but I have observed the same error in all
releases: alpha, beta RC and released.

Also the same issue occurs in the 32 and 64 bit GUI versions.  The program
header I invoke is:


R version 3.6.0 Patched (2019-04-26 r76431) -- "Planting of a Tree"

Copyright (C) 2019 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing

Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)


Specifically, the menu selection Packages -> install packages fails. 

When invoked, it simply echoes: utils:::menuInstallPkgs() and returns the


I found the underlying code with the getAnywhere function.

It displays:


A single object matching 'menuInstallPkgs' was found

It was found in the following places


with value


function (type = getOption("pkgType")) 


    install.packages(NULL, .libPaths()[1L], dependencies = NA, 

        type = type)


<bytecode: 0x0000000016c6a730>

<environment: namespace:utils>


The first argument, NULL, prevents the underlying function install.packages
from working.

I assume this is not intentional awaiting packages to catch up with the
newer R format.



Len Weil


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