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When a new version of a language is released, we get a few of questions about difficulties installing packages. My particular case is R. Last week, version 2.15 was released, people upgraded and found that some packages no longer work. For example,

These questions tend to be very local and I would suggest should be asked to the package author not SO. Should these questions be closed?

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From the SO faq

We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code in them, but if your question generally covers …
- a specific programming problem
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- practical, answerable problems that are unique to the programming profession

I think those question are definitely covered by the faq points 3 and 4.

If they are to localized has to be decided on each question.

In my opinion there can't be a definitive answer to your question. Those should be handled like all other questions. If you have problems with a particular one, use your possibilities to comment, downvote, flag or vote to close.

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I just find that most of the questions I get about this sort of thing are too localized to help any future reader. In particular it's almost impossible to give them decent titles because "Can't install <X>" could have so many different possibilities for any given <X> (and often not unique just to <X> either). With Python libraries for example they typically involve basic problems with misconfigured PYTHONPATH that are not specific to my software. –  Iguananaut Jun 21 at 19:27

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