Generally speaking, DSS won't update any packages on its own unless you run the update manually and dependencies require a higher version of already installed packages.
To update packages for Code envs, you need to trigger the update manually. Then you can inspect the logs in the Logs tab of the Code env and compare them with the logs from previous updates.
To update packages for the default built-in R environment, you will need to rebuild the environment. For that, you will need to delete <DATA_DIR>/R.lib first and then run the R-integration again (You can follow the steps from our documentation: https://doc.dataiku.com/dss/latest/installation/custom/r.html#rebuilding-the-default-r-environment). The logs for this can be found in <DATA_DIR>/run/install.log file, where you can inspect and compare versions with the previous run of R-integration.
Please note: It is strongly recommended to use Code envs to manage your R packages. If anything goes wrong during the update, one code env won't affect any other code envs. For more info on Code envs please check our documentation: https://doc.dataiku.com/dss/latest/code-envs/index.html.
Let me know this is what you were looking for. If not, could you please elaborate more on your use case to better understand your question?
Thanks for the feedback, maybe I didn't explain myself properly.
I mean the base R packages that come installed when we create a new code environment.
My question is if, in any recent time, that list of packages was updated or even the versions of the packages in that list.
Thanks for clarifying your question.
You can find the list of the core packages of a code env created in the base packages section of the respective code env. I have compared version 8 and 9 lists of R base packages and can confirm no changes. Please see the screenshot below.
Keep in mind that the R installs the latest dependencies versions, so you may see higher versions of the dependencies installed for later created or updated code envs when you inspect the code envs logs.
Hope this helps.
Additionally, could you please elaborate on the origin of your question? Are you just interested, or there are any issues with base packages you experienced that led to it?