[Rd] memory trouble
Prof Brian Ripley
Thu, 4 Jan 2001 10:28:26 +0000 (GMT)
On Thu, 4 Jan 2001, Martin Maechler wrote:
> In spite of Brian's good points,
> I believe we should help the users more.
> R-1.1.1 --vanilla had
> >> Error: heap memory (6144 Kb) exhausted [needed 78125 Kb more]
> >> See "help(Memory)" on how to increase the heap size.
> which is much more helpful
> than the
> >> Error: cannot allocate vector of size 39062 Kb
> that R-1.2.0 reports (much much more rarely though,
> I couldn't reproduce it in a few tries !)
The error is different: it is coming from inside malloc. Under those
circumstances you really can't do much, in particular nothing that needs
This is not a question of the heap being exhausted: it is a question of
the process having fit its limits.
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