[Rd] R crash using Sys.which on Windows

Tobias Verbeke tobias.verbeke at openanalytics.eu
Fri May 9 20:41:25 CEST 2014

Some clarifications and additional data on this bug:

- this has nothing to do with Rtools as such, but applies to finding
  any executable with 'Sys.which' that happens to live in a path with
  more than 96 characters;

- the issue also occurs when using the 32-bit version of RGui
  on Windows 7 64-bit (and also with R.exe at the command line);

- the issue also occurs when using the 32-bit version of RGui
  on Windows 7 32-bit (and also with R.exe at the command line).

By means of example, the 'problem details' as given by Windows
when R crashes is pasted below:

Problem signature:
  Problem Event Name:	APPCRASH
  Application Name:	Rterm.exe
  Application Version:	3.10.65387.0
  Application Timestamp:	5347f09a
  Fault Module Name:	ntdll.dll
  Fault Module Version:	6.1.7601.17514
  Fault Module Timestamp:	4ce7b96e
  Exception Code:	c0000005
  Exception Offset:	000558d4
  OS Version:	6.1.7601.
  Locale ID:	1033
  Additional Information 1:	0a9e
  Additional Information 2:	0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
  Additional Information 3:	0a9e
  Additional Information 4:	0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789


----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tobias Verbeke" <tobias.verbeke at openanalytics.eu>
> To: r-devel at r-project.org
> Sent: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 8:28:54 PM
> Subject: [Rd] R crash using Sys.which on Windows
> Dear list,
> When installing the latest version of Rtools ( into a path that
> contains more than 96 characters on Windows 7 64-bit,
> e.g. into
> C:\TheLatestRtoolsInAPathWithMoreThanNinetySixCharactersWillCrashTheRSessionUponCallingTheSysWhichFunctionInRToGetTheGccPath
> and assuming that the Rtools bin paths have been appropriately added to the
> PATH environment variable as in
> c:\TheLatestRtoolsInAPathWithMoreThanNinetySixCharactersWillCrashTheRSessionUponCallingTheSysWhichFunctionInRToGetTheGccPath\bin;c:\TheLatestRtoolsInAPathWithMoreThanNinetySixCharactersWillCrashTheRSessionUponCallingTheSysWhichFunctionInRToGetTheGccPath\gcc-4.6.3\bin
> the following call from RGui 64-bit (version 3.1.0) reproducibly causes R to
> crash:
> Sys.which("ls")
> Sys.which seems to use an internal function on Windows. Is this a known
> issue?
> Please let me know if I can provide any more relevant information.
> Best,
> Tobias
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