[R] updates of recommended packages

apjaworski@mmm.com apjaworski at mmm.com
Mon May 19 20:51:19 CEST 2003

I noticed recently that on my Linux install of 1.7.0 some of the
recommended packages got updated (through update.packages()) but on my
Win2000 machine they did not.  After some of them got updated for the
second time on the Linux box I become curious.  I went to the US CRAN
mirror and checked the 1.7 folder under contributed packages for Windows
systems and most of the recommended packages are not there at all!  I did
not check every one of them, but the missing ones are at least the ones
that got updated on my Linux machine.  They are class, cluster, nlme,
MASS/VR and spatial. Surprisingly, the foreign package is there, but its
version is 0.5-12 and the newest one is 0.5-13.

Is there a different method of updating recommended packages now?

Thanks in advance,


PS.  Additional info: (1) I am using the US CRAN mirror (Wisconsin
machine), but it looks like there is the same problem with the main CRAN
site. (2) On my Linux box the update.packages() works
from sources, but on the Windows box it wants precompiled packages (zip
files) unless.  I just updated nlme from nlme.tar.gz "by hand" but can this
be automated using update.packages() functionality.

Andy Jaworski
Engineering Systems Technology Center
3M Center, 518-1-01
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000
E-mail: apjaworski at mmm.com
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