I just updated both R and RStudio to versions 4.0.2 and 1.3.1056 (both for PC desktop), respectively. However, I had a similar problem with R v. 4.0.1 and RStudio v. 1.3.959, which I was optimistic would now be fixed based on this: https://community.rstudio.com/t/r-version-no-longer-given-when-start-rstudio/69524, but it is not (at least not entirely). Here is what is happening:
- EDIT: Today (8/13), it did show the R version when I opened RStudio "cold." So, across my original post and the edits I've made, it's acting inconsistently in general (unless it's been fixed?!). ORIGINAL TEXT: With the latest versions (4.0.2 and 1.3.1056), If I launch RStudio "cold" (i.e., not by double-clicking and opening an R script), I do not see the usual R information in the console, including the version number, etc. (see below).
- EDIT: This did not work today when I opened RStudio by opening a .R file. ORIGINAL TEXT: However, if I launch RStudio via a script (double-clicking and opening a .R file), then this information does load. This is a slight improvement over what happened with the past two versions I listed above (4.0.1 and 1.3.959), where the R information never showed no matter how RStudio was opened. That being said, it would still be preferable to see the R information no matter how RStudio is opened.
Namely, I'm talking about this information you see if you were to open R directly (or, in the past, RStudio):
R version 4.0.2 (2020-06-22) -- "Taking Off Again" Copyright (C) 2020 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit) R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions. Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details. Natural language support but running in an English locale R is a collaborative project with many contributors. Type 'contributors()' for more information and 'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications. Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for on-line help, or 'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help. Type 'q()' to quit R.
I know it's minor and clearly you can find out what R version you're using via alternate means, but I am hopeful this can be fixed in the near future.
This isn't an issue for me personally, but I'm an educator, and trying to create screenshots and videos while also explaining to students why things only work some of the time is not ideal (especially when they're already overwhelmed by learning to code and the actual course material).