BSOD with ESS[R] under win2000 ripley at
Thu Mar 6 08:24:36 CET 2003

That's bug PR#1711 in the R-bugs database.

On Thu, 6 Mar 2003 Simon.Gatehouse at wrote:

> Perhaps unrelated but for what it may be worth. 
> Like many, I fiddle while thinking.  Part of my fiddling has been to rapidly
> resize the R consule window back and forth by dragging with the mouse on the
> bottom right hand corner. I resize the window by a small amount rapidly and
> continually . After about 5 seconds of such movement R crashes with the pop
> up "Rgui.exe has generated errors..."  This has happened ever since 1.3, I
> think. It is unrelated to any other programs I may be running at the time.  
> I currently run W2000 and latest R1.6.2. The 1.7.0 development version has
> same behaviour.
> I have no problem with this. The value of R is immeasurable and the small
> lesson in self discipline has been good for me.
> Simon Gatehouse
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Darryl Greig [mailto:darryl at]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 7:32 PM
> To: ripley at
> Cc: 'R-Help (E-mail)'
> Subject: RE: BSOD with ESS[R] under win2000
> It's certainly a difficult problem to isolate - as you say it may well
> be connected to some other combination of application / drivers. I shall
> investigate emacs help as a next step. 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ripley at [mailto:ripley at]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 10:08 AM
> To: Darryl Greig
> Cc: R-Help (E-mail)
> Subject: Re: BSOD with ESS[R] under win2000
> Was there anything to indicate that this was a problem in R (and not emacs 
> nor Windows, especially a Windows driver)?
> Those of us who never experience it will not be familiar with `BSOD': it
> is I presume the blue screen shown by a fatal error in Windows internals.
> I think I have seen just once under XP (in 2 year's usage).  If so it 
> contains information about the cause.
> BTW, as the rw-FAQ Q2.11 indicates, this is not the right list for ESS
> users' questions, but my guess would be that this is not a problem in 
> either R or ESS.
> On Wed, 5 Mar 2003, Darryl Greig wrote:
> > I have had a visit from our windows buddy the BSOD twice in one day when
> > running
> > R1.6.2 under ESS5.1.24 on a win2000 platform. I wasn't doing anything
> > special, just
> > moving or resizing the emacs window, although I did have 4 or 5 emacs
> > windows
> > open at the time. Has anyone else observed this problem?

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at
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