[R] restoring damaged .RData?

Ross Ihaka ihaka at stat.auckland.ac.nz
Sat Jan 30 21:03:37 CET 1999

I'm afraid that your data is probably gone.  The problem is that R
objects are not stored contiguously in memory and hence on disk when
saved.  Thus what you have is (some of) a randomly shuffled version
of your data.

I'm interested in finding out how this happened.  Do you know if
the data was written out correctly and then corrupted, or did it get
messed up by R?  Was the filesystem near full when you saved the

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