[R] Time out for a R Function

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Dec 7 08:53:22 CET 2010

On Tue, 7 Dec 2010, Santosh Srinivas wrote:

> Hello Group,
> I have an R-function that works fine for most part but sometime runs into a
> long loop! (I'm lazy and short on time to debug right now so want to do
> something easy)
> For my purpose, it is ok to make few errors .... is there a way I can put a
> timeout on a function and the r-process needes to move on to the next step?

See the help on setTimeLimit(transient = FALSE) .  Unlike other 
suggestions, that does not need you to change the code to check the 

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