[Bioc-devel] BiocParallel and AnnotationDbi: database disk image is malformed

Ludwig Geistlinger Ludwig.Geistlinger at sph.cuny.edu
Fri Jan 19 17:43:43 CET 2018


Within a package I am developing, I would like to enable parallel probe to gene mapping for a compendium of microarray datasets.

This accordingly makes use of annotation packages such as hgu133a.db, which in turn connect to the SQLite database via AnnotationDbi.

When running in multi-core mode (i.e. using a MulticoreParam with BiocParallel) using more than 2 cores, this causes the error:

database disk image is malformed

In a very similar problem:


Adi Tarca and Dan Tenenbaum identified and resolved this problem by ensuring that each process has its own unique database connection, i.e. AnnotationDbi is not loaded before sending the job to the workers.

This solution was easily realized as this analysis was carried out within a script and not a package.

However, within my package, AnnotationDbi is loaded as a dependency of my package's imports.

How to resolve this here?
I am not sure whether I perfectly understand the underlying mechanisms, but is there a way to make my workers load their own version of AnnotationDbi instead of using the one of the parent process?
Or am I supposed to unload all packages depending on AnnotationDbi, and AnnotationDbi itself, before sending the job to the workers (and reload all of them after the job has finished?)

Thanks a lot,

Dr. Ludwig Geistlinger
CUNY School of Public Health

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