[Rd] Byte-compilation failure on different architectures / low-memory systems

Tomas Kalibera tom@@@k@liber@ @ending from gm@il@com
Mon Jun 4 20:06:35 CEST 2018

Hi Dirk,

thanks for the report. Access to the test system is not necessary, the 
memory requirements of the byte-code compiler are usually 
platform-independent and specifically with this package I can reproduce 
they are very high. We'll have a look what we can do, certainly there 
should at least be a way to recover and use the uncompiled version when 
memory allocation fails, this is already done by the JIT but not when 
compiling during installation. Before R or the package is patched, the 
only workaround for memory constrained systems is probably to disable 
byte-compilation of this package, as I read you are doing already.


On 06/04/2018 05:14 PM, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> As you may know, I look after the R package for Debian. My fellow Debianers
> make me follow a specific protocol -- a so-called "transition" in which all
> dependent packages on an identified potential breakge are rebuilt under the
> new (potentially breaking) change. We started adding an r-api-3.4 tag last
> (major) release. Now it is r-api-3.5 and the transition got started with the
> green light from the release team last Friday.
> Now one build failure occurred for one of the (old, effectively litte
> maintained) RMetrics packages: fBasics. It blows up at the byte-compilation
> step on at least four (older, smaller) architectures: mips, mipsel, arm64
> (ubuntu), ppc64el.  More at https://bugs.debian.org/900756 where we also
> worked out the "solution" of suppressing byte-compilation at installation.
> Luke, Tomas, ...: Would it help you to get access to such hardware?
> We may get you some sort of "guest pass" access to porter machines. Else I
> could try but I have my hands plenty full with the transition (having built
> [and finally transferred to our Debian Gitlab instance] 20+ package during
> day two of R/Finance...).
> Cheers, Dirk
> PS I CC'ed the bug report, if any follow-up keep the CC it gets logged there.
> PPS Happy to discuss / help off-list too, of course.

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