[Rd] AIX testers needed
jasoncbarnhart at msn.com
Fri May 18 18:33:11 CEST 2007
Per the request to test the latest tarball referenced below, I have
built R on AIX 5.3. There is a memory issue, please see 3) below.
1) Build with --enable-BLAS-shlib option. Builds and
passes "make check".
2) GNU libiconv was installed; R configured *without*
iconv option. Builds and passes "make check."
3) Memory issue:
a) Although the server possesses 8GB of RAM and
system("ulimit") returns "unlimited" as its value, R does not
"have enough memory."
b) This code works on R-2.4.0 on WinXP with 2GB of RAM, but
fails on the AIX build. Example code:
> xx <- matrix(rep(1e+10,1e7),nrow=1e4,ncol=1e3)
> tmp.df <- as.data.frame(cbind(xx,xx,xx))
Error: cannot allocate vector of size 228.9 Mb
used (Mb) gc trigger (Mb) max used (Mb)
Ncells 233035 6.3 467875 12.5 350000 9.4
Vcells 10104141 77.1 31854441 243.1 30104289 229.7
4) Used gcc-4.1.2; I have not tried the native compiler.
1) Are there suggestions on how to diagnose and resolve the memory
issue? I'm still building my tool chain and I am in the midst of
2) Regarding the build process itself, is there more documentation
or results that I should forward?
> version _
system powerpc, aix184.108.40.206
svn rev 41276
version.string R version 2.5.0 RC (2007-04-22 r41276)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Prof Brian Ripley" <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk>
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Marcinkowski" <kamil at ualberta.ca>; "Tiong Lim" <t.lim at auckland.ac.nz>;
"Eric Harley" <ericctharley at gmail.com>; "Matthew Beason"
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Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 11:27 PM
Subject: [Rd] AIX testers needed
> With much thanks to Ei-ji Nakama, R 2.5.0 alpha supports building on
> (at least AIX 5.2 on one system).
> Would anyone able to test this please get the latest tarball from
> and try installing (after reading the AIX notes in R-admin.html
> In particular it would be very helpful to know if
> 1) --enable-BLAS-shlib works (it is the default everywhere except
> AIX and
> 2) if people succeed in installing GNU libiconv and building without
> needing --without-iconv.
> I am Cc:ing all the people I tracked down who reported attempted AIX
> installations in 2006 in the hope that they may still be interested.
> Please report success and any hints or problems in the R-devel list.
> Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
> Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
> University of Oxford, Tel: +44 1865 272861 (self)
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