The build system rolled up R-3.2.2.tar.gz (codename "Fire Safety") this morning.
The list below details the changes in this release. The main point of this release is to enable package installation via secure HTTP, since ordinary HTTP is increasingly being considered a security risk.
* It is now easier to use secure downloads from https:// URLs on
builds which support them: no longer do non-default options need
to be selected to do so. In particular, packages can be
installed from repositories which offer https:// URLs, and those
listed by setRepositories() now do so (for some of their
Support for https:// URLs is available on Windows, and on other
platforms if support for libcurl was compiled in and if that
supports the https protocol (system installations can be expected
to do). So https:// support can be expected except on rather old
OSes (an example being OS X 'Snow Leopard', where a non-system
version of libcurl can be used).
(Windows only) The default method for accessing URLs _via_
download.file() and url() has been changed to be "wininet" using
Windows API calls. This changes the way proxies need to be set
and security settings made: there have been some reports of sites
being inaccessible under the new default method (but the previous
methods remain available).
* cmdscale() gets new option list. for increased flexibility when a
list should be returned.
* configure now supports texinfo version 6.0, which (unlike the
change from 4.x to 5.0) is a minor update. (Wish of PR#16456.)
* (Non-Windows only) download.file() with default method = "auto"
now chooses "libcurl" if that is available and a https:// or
ftps:// URL is used.
* (Windows only) setInternet2(TRUE) is now the default. The
command-line option --internet2 and environment variable
R_WIN_INTERNET2 are now ignored.
Thus by default the "internal" method for download.file() and
url() uses the "wininet" method: to revert to the previous
default use setInternet2(FALSE).
This means that https:// can be read by default by
download.file() (they have been readable by file() and url()
since R 3.2.0).
There are implications for how proxies need to be set (see
?download.file): also, cacheOK = FALSE is not supported.
* chooseCRANmirror() and chooseBioCmirror() now offer HTTPS mirrors
in preference to HTTP mirrors. This changes the interpretation
of their ind arguments: see their help pages.
* capture.output() gets optional arguments type and split to pass
to sink(), and hence can be used to capture messages.
* Header Rconfig.h now defines HAVE_ALLOCA_H if the platform has
the alloca.h header (it is needed to define alloca on Solaris and
AIX, at least: see 'Writing R Extensions' for how to use it).
INSTALLATION and INCLUDED SOFTWARE:
* The libtool script generated by configure has been modified to
support FreeBSD >= 10 (PR#16410).
* The HTML help page links to demo code failed due to a change in R
* If the na.action argument was used in model.frame(), the original
data could be modified. (PR#16436)
* getGraphicsEvent() could cause a crash if a graphics window was
closed while it was in use. (PR#16438)
* matrix(x, nr, nc, byrow = TRUE) failed if x was an object of type
* strptime() could overflow the allocated storage on the C stack
when the timezone had a non-standard format much longer than the
standard formats. (Part of PR#16328.)
* options(OutDec = s) now signals a warning (which will become an
error in the future) when s is not a string with exactly one
character, as that has been a documented requirement.
* prettyNum() gains a new option input.d.mark which together with
other changes, e.g., the default for decimal.mark, fixes some
format()ting variants with non-default getOption("OutDec") such
as in PR#16411.
* download.packages() failed for type equal to either "both" or
"binary". (Reported by Dan Tenenbaum.)
* The dendrogram method of labels() is much more efficient for
large dendrograms, now using rapply(). (Comment #15 of PR#15215)
* The "port" algorithm of nls() could give spurious errors.
(Reported by Radford Neal.)
* Reference classes that inherited from reference classes in
another package could invalidate methods of the inherited class.
Fixing this requires adding the ability for methods to be
"external", with the object supplied explicitly as the first
argument, named .self. See "Inter-Package Superclasses" in the
* readBin() could fail on the SPARC architecture due to alignment
issues. (Reported by Radford Neal.)
* qt(*, df=Inf, ncp=.) now uses the natural qnorm() limit instead
of returning NaN. (PR#16475)
* Auto-printing of S3 and S4 values now searches for print() in the
base namespace and show() in the methods namespace instead of
searching the global environment.
* polym() gains a coefs = NULL argument and returns class "poly"
just like poly() which gets a new simple=FALSE option. They now
lead to correct predict()ions, e.g., on subsets of the original
* rhyper(nn, <large>) now works correctly. (PR#16489)
* ttkimage() did not (and could not) work so was removed. Ditto for
tkimage.cget() and tkimage.configure(). Added two Ttk widgets and
missing subcommands for Tk's image command: ttkscale(),
ttkspinbox(), tkimage.delete(), tkimage.height(),
tkimage.inuse(), tkimage.type(), tkimage.types(),
tkimage.width(). (PR#15372, PR#16450)
* getClass("foo") now also returns a class definition when it is
found in the cache more than once.