[R] Memory problem with jpeg() and wide jpegs
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Dec 20 18:37:23 CET 2004
It is also several times greater than the limit of human perception, being
several feet long at printing resolutions that need a magnifying glass
This is Windows and the limit is in the graphics card: mine is able to do
this but I suspect you need a 128Mb card (that jpeg is of itself about
90Mb). However, most viewers (including PhotoShop) will barf on such a
On Mon, 20 Dec 2004, Uwe Ligges wrote:
> michael watson (IAH-C) wrote:
>> I have been creating very, very long jpeg images for the last two weeks
>> using jpeg(). All of a sudden, and I mean that, it's stopped working -
>> I've not changed a thing! The error message I get is:
>>> jpeg("out.jpg",width=50000,height=480, quality=100)
>> Error in devga(paste("jpeg:", quality, ":", filename, sep = ""), width,
>> : unable to start device devga
>> In addition: Warning message: Unable to allocate bitmap
>> I have plenty of disk space in the place I want to create the jpeg, and
>> if I reduce it from "width=50000" to "width=5000", then it works no
>> problem, which suggests it is a memory problem. If I close R and
>> re-open R the problem does not go away. And as I said above, I have
>> been using this code for weeks with no problem, then I change nothing,
>> and start getting this error message.
> I don't believe it has worked. Such a huge one does not work for me even on a
> rather big machine.
> If it had worked: On the same platform, OS, R version?
> I think you have to contribute a patch in order to get such a huge jpeg.
> Uwe Ligges
>> I'm running R 2.0.1 on Windows XP. I'm going to restart Windows and see
>> if that helps, but if re-starting windows does help, is there an
>> explanation as to where all the memory R used to be able to get at
>> disappeared to in the current session?
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