[Bioc-devel] size limit of a string or a BLOB

Seth Falcon sfalcon at fhcrc.org
Sat Sep 29 16:26:53 CEST 2007

Hi Simon,

This might be better directed to the R-sig-db list.  But anyway...

Simon Lin <simonlin at duke.edu> writes:
> I have got the following error message when using RSQLite. So, what is 
> the size limit of a string? and what is the limit of the BLOB (by 
> defination, I assume it shoud be in the TB range at least)? Thanks! -Simon
> # trying to insert a DNA sequence of about 500MB into a table
>  > query01<-dbSendQuery(connect, statement = paste ("
> +     insert into dna values ('", seq0, "')", sep="")
> + )
> Error in sqliteExecStatement(conn, statement, ...) :
>   RS-DBI driver: (error in statement: String or BLOB exceeded size limit)
> +

This is a Sqlite error message, that is, not something being generated
in RSQLite directly.  The hard coded limit from the SQLite sources
is just undr 1GB.  Here's the relevant SQLite code:

    ** The maximum length of a TEXT or BLOB in bytes.   This also
    ** limits the size of a row in a table or index.
    ** The hard limit is the ability of a 32-bit signed integer
    ** to count the size: 2^31-1 or 2147483647.
    # define SQLITE_MAX_LENGTH 1000000000

How many columns does the dna table have?  Perhaps there is a
different way to organize the data?

+ seth

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