help(pac=xxx) get data from CRAN?

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help(pac=xxx) get data from CRAN?

Spencer Graves-3
Hello, All:


       A feature request:


       What about modifying the code for "help(pac=xxx)" so it looks for
"xxx" on CRAN as well as locally:  If it finds it locally, it uses that
version but with an annotation reporting what it found on CRAN:

* If it doesn't find CRAN, it doesn't report anything on this.
* If it finds CRAN, and the version numbers match, it reports that.
* If it finds CRAN, and the local version is behind CRAN, it says,
"newer version on CRAN".
* If it finds CRAN, and the local version is ahead of CRAN, it says
something like, "Local newer than CRAN."


       This occurred to me, because someone suggested I update the "sos"
package to use CRAN to get package information for packages not already
installed.  It's a great idea, but I'm not ready to do that just yet.


       Best Wishes,
       Spencer Graves

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