versions: Query and Install Specific Versions of Packages on CRAN

Installs specified versions of R packages hosted on CRAN and provides functions to list available versions and the versions of currently installed packages. These tools can be used to help make R projects and packages more reproducible. 'versions' fits in the narrow gap between the 'devtools' install_version() function and the 'checkpoint' package. devtools::install_version() installs a stated package version from source files stored on the CRAN archives. However CRAN does not store binary versions of packages so Windows users need to have RTools installed and Windows and OSX users get longer installation times. 'checkpoint' uses the Revolution Analytics MRAN server to install packages (from source or binary) as they were available on a given date. It also provides a helpful interface to detect the packages in use in a directory and install all of those packages for a given date. 'checkpoint' doesn't provide install.packages-like functionality however, and that's what 'versions' aims to do, by querying MRAN. As MRAN only goes back to 2014-09-17, 'versions' can't install packages archived before this date.

Install the latest version of this package by entering the following in R:
AuthorNick Golding
Date of publication2016-09-01 08:41:51
MaintainerNick Golding <>
LicenseBSD_3_clause + file LICENSE

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