[R] remotely saving an R session

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Sep 21 10:24:30 CEST 2006

On Wed, 20 Sep 2006, Jeffrey Horner wrote:

> Gamal Azim wrote:
>> Is it possible to remotely save an R session then
>> terminate R? Of course the destructive task after
>> 'then' is rather straightforward by itself.
> Yes. Sending the process a SIGUSR1 signal:
> $ kill -USR1 pid
> will save the global environment in the file .RData, but you'll need to
> remember the current working directory of the process to find it.

That is indeed what this is documented to do (and I mentioned in an 
R-devel posting yesterday).  Unfortunately it currently does not always 
work: try it on a session running


to see the problem.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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