[Rd] unable to start pdf, postscript devices (PR#8052)

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Aug 5 17:49:14 CEST 2005

The following in NEWS is probably relevant:

                 CHANGES IN R VERSION 2.1.1 patched

     o   File creation errors in pdf(), postscript(), xfig() resulted
         in a pointer being freed twice.  (Reported by Matt McCall)


1) Please try R-patched as we do ask you to (before sending a bug report).

2) You probably do not have permission to open the files in the current 
directory, hence the error that is being handled twice.

On Fri, 5 Aug 2005 jmf at atmosinfo.com wrote:

> Full_Name: Jeffrey Freedman
> Version: 2.1.1
> OS: Mac 10.4.2
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> All of a sudden, I cannot generate pdf, postscript, jpeg, png graphics. I get
> the following error:
> R(273) malloc: ***  Deallocation of a pointer not malloced: 0x113e870; This
> could be a double free(), or free() called with the middle of an allocated
> block; Try setting environment variable MallocHelp to see tools to help debug
> Error in pdf(psfile) : unable to start device pdf
> This originally happened running R version 2.1.0. I upgraded to 2.1.1 and the
> same problem still occurs. No other changes to the operating system and no new
> software installation has occurred on the computer running R, which is an Apple
> Dual 2 GHz Power PC G5.
> Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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