[ESS] did I just update my packages?

Richard M. Heiberger rmh at temple.edu
Thu Mar 28 01:41:08 CET 2013

The way to see if the packages have been updated is to look at their dired.
c:/Program Files/R/R-2.15.12/library/
and see if the dates and times reflect the action you just did.

My own behavior on updating R on Windows is to use the R GUI for
installation and
otherwise interacting with the operating system.  I use ESS for
interacting with R.


On 3/27/13, Ross Boylan <ross at biostat.ucsf.edu> wrote:
> I'm running on MS Windows 7 with R installed to a local directory (no
> admin rights).  ESS 12.09-1 under emacs 24.2.1.
> I just installed R 2.15.3 and copied the site-library directory from
> 2.15.2.  I'm not sure if this level of change requires an update, but to
> be safe I did (from within ESS)
>   update.packages(checkBuilt=TRUE, ask=FALSE)
> as suggested in the R Windows FAQ (however, I did not uninstall 2.15.2
> first, though the FAQ suggests that).
> The bell rang and the terminal showed
> --- Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session ---
> and hung.  A combination of ctl-g's and ctl-c's got me out of it.
> This seems to be a well known problem on Windows.
> https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/ess-help/2005-December/003085.html
> indicated that issuing the command windows() before the update would
> solve the problem.  windows() did result in a graphics device window
> coming up.   update.packages(checkBuilt=TRUE, ask=FALSE) ran instantly,
> but it gave no messages indicating it was doing anything.  I also tried
>> > getOption("repos")[2]
>>                            CRANextra
>> "http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/RWin"
>> >  update.packages(checkBuilt=TRUE, ask=FALSE,
>> repos=getOption("repos")[2])
> which also ran instantly and silently.
> Does anyone know if this means my packages are up to date or not? Should
> update.packages() be chattier (I seem to recall it listing each package
> and giving its status when I've run it before)?
> Thanks.
> Ross Boylan
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