Microsoft fixed the Open R Debian package
I just got notice that Microsoft has updated the Debian packaging of Open R to properly use dpkg-divert. I checked the Debian packaging scripts and they now properly divert R and Rscript, and revert back to the Debian provided (r-base) version after removal of the packages.
The version 3.5.0 has been rereleased, if you have downloaded it from MRAN you will need to redownload the file and be careful to use the new one, the file name of the downloaded file is the same.
Thanks Microsoft for the quick fix, it is good news that those playing with Open R will not be left with a hosed system.
PS: I guess this post will by far not get the incredible attention the first one got 😉