[R] read.table memory requirements

Thomas Lumley thomas at biostat.washington.edu
Fri Dec 22 01:59:02 CET 2000

On Thu, 21 Dec 2000, Vadim Ogranovich wrote:

> Hi,
> I tried to read in a big table (1.4M rows, 4 fields each) using read.table()
> and ran out of 'cons' memory with the following message:
> Error: cons memory (2800000 cells) exhausted
> Could someone please explain how to guess required nsize? My understanding
> of help(Memory) is that 'cons' memory should not be a limitation unless you
> create many "language" objects.

One simple and general solution is to upgrade to 1.2.0, where memory size
is adjusted automatically.

I don't think we have ever worked out the exact memory requirements of


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