[R] RMySQL LoadLibrary failure: Invalid access to memory location.

Talbot Katz topkatz at msn.com
Tue Oct 16 23:06:55 CEST 2007


I'm sorry to revisit a problem that's been much discussed, but I haven't yet 
been able to overcome it.

I am running R 2.5.1 on Windows XP Professional 5.1 (Service Pack 2), and I 
believe I have MySQL 5.0.45 installed (I downloaded and installed 
mysql-essential-5.0.45-win32.msi from 
http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/5.0.html).  Here is what happened when 
I tried to install RMySQL:

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trying URL 
Content type 'application/zip' length 391364 bytes
opened URL
downloaded 382Kb

package 'RMySQL' successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked

The downloaded packages are in
        C:\Documents and Settings\Talbot\Local 
updating HTML package descriptions
Loading required package: RMySQL
Loading required package: DBI
Error in dyn.load(x, as.logical(local), as.logical(now)) :
        unable to load shared library 
  LoadLibrary failure:  Invalid access to memory location.


Having looked at some of the previous threads, I hoped that I had the right 
MySQL to work with the current version of RMySQL.  One of the related posts 
says "You do need the RMySQL client DLLs in your PATH."  I'm not sure how to 
check for this, but it was written in response to a slightly different error 

>Error in dyn.load(x, as.logical(local), as.logical(now)) :
>        unable to load shared library
>  LoadLibrary failure:  The specified module could not be found.
>Error: package/namespace load failed for 'RMySQL'

and in my case it doesn't look like it's failing to find the RMySQL.dll.  
Once again, I apologize if I missed something obvious, but I'm still stuck 
in a rut that others seem to have escaped from.  I looked for an alternate 
version of the RMySQL package at a site someone suggested in one of the 
threads back in August, but that site 
) seems to have vanished.  Any ideas on what I should do next (other than 
shoot myself ;-) ?  Thanks!

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