[Rd] help for memory problem with 64-bit machines

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jan 5 20:39:56 CET 2007

The problem with the misuse of 'long' in package 'subselect' was reported 
to Mr Cadima in February 2005 (along with a number of other package 

On Fri, 5 Jan 2007, Vladimir Dergachev wrote:

> On Friday 05 January 2007 12:10 pm, Peter Dalgaard wrote:
>> Hin-Tak Leung wrote:
>>> I got the same error with 64-bit R 2.4.1 on FC6 x86_64, and 32-bit
>>> R 2.4.1 on the same machine is okay. There is definitely something wrong
>>> with your code.
>>> I would suggest fixing all the compier warnings - there are piles of
>>> them about uninitialized variables, and about doing comparison
>>> between signed and unsigned expressions, etc first. Put -Wall in
>>> CFLAGS CXXFLAGS and FFLAGS and you'll see.
> Also, the issue I most commonly see is the difference in size for "long" data
> type. On 32 bit sizeof(long)=sizeof(int)=32, but on 64bit sizeof(long)=64
> while sizeof(int)=32.
> This reverses a formerly safe practice of using long for 32 bit (and insuring
> the code compiles correctly on 16 bit machines).
>                            best
>                                Vladimir Dergachev
>>> good luck.
>>> Hin-Tak Leung
>> Good advice. Also, the most common culprit for 64/32 problem is pointers
>> stored as integers so watch out for any of those. And notice that you
>> can set a breakpoint at randsk1_ and start poking around to see what is
>> inside various variables and singlestep to the point of the crash (it's
>> a bit painful and confusing in Fortran code, though.)
>>     -pd
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