Re: Re: Re: Re: [Mathematica 6] What happened to the

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg75676] Re: [mg75641] Re: [mg75611] Re: [mg75554] Re: [mg75515] [Mathematica 6] What happened to the*From*: "Chris Chiasson" <chris at chiasson.name>*Date*: Tue, 8 May 2007 05:57:12 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <26848997.1178533480626.JavaMail.root@eastrmwml10>

>From a private reply someone said this text is on the same page: "When you click a link to a documentation notebook or call a data function like CountryData, Mathematica knows whether a newer version of the information is available on a Wolfram Research Paclet Server, and if so it will download and install the update automatically. In the case of smaller paclets like documentation notebooks, this is often so fast that you will not even notice it happening." This is an oddly phrased piece of documentation. What causes Mathematica to know whether a newer version of the information is available? Instead of beating around the bush, perhaps I should just come right out and ask, "What information does Mathematica give to Wolfram Research, and under what circumstances? Furthermore, what is the privacy policy for this information?" >From other text on the same documentation page, which I finally read today, it seems that paclet data besides the documentation may be updated in bulk with the "Update Local Indices" menu item. Why isn't this same option specifically mentioned as being available for the documentation? It isn't like WRI will add 500 MiB worth of data to the documentation in a week, so Mathematica should be able to painlessly update the documentation in bulk *without telling WRI which documentation pages a customer is reading by specifically requesting each one from the server as the documentation is read*. -- http://chris.chiasson.name/

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:***From:*Murray Eisenberg <murray@math.umass.edu>