[Rd] Invalidating inaccessible SEXP?

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Mon Mar 19 16:14:05 CET 2007

On Fri, 16 Mar 2007, Martin Morgan wrote:

> Is there a (C or R) function to invalidate the relevant parts of SEXP
> / data that are inaccessible? My problem is in tracking down
> protection and other memory mismanagement bugs, where I have to rely
> on luck to invalidate or overwrite data to trigger a detectable
> error. This makes it hard to track down a bug (it sometimes doesn't
> occur), or to know that a patch fixes the problem.

Under Valgrind when R is compiled  --with-valgrind-instrumentation=2 the 
code walks the list of newly freed SEXPs and marks them as inaccessible 
(which is one reason why it is so slow).

I don't know of any other facilities to do what you want.


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