[R-sig-Geo] Memory limits in R with shapefiles

Thiago V. dos Santos thi_veloso at yahoo.com.br
Mon Apr 22 15:00:14 CEST 2013

What kind of operation do you need to perform in the shapefiles?

Depending on it, one solution could be calling gdal commands from within R, by using system(). For example:

system('gdalwarp argument1 argument2 argument3 argument4')
Thiago V. dos Santos
PhD student
Land and Atmospheric Science
University of Minnesota
Phone: (612) 323 9898

----- Original Message -----
From: Dominic Roye <dominic.roye at gmail.com>
To: r-sig-geo at r-project.org
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2013 6:41 AM
Subject: [R-sig-Geo] Memory limits in R with shapefiles

Hello everyone,

I have a problem with reading a shape of 300 MB in R. My RAM limits are 8
GB. So, i can´t work with this shape, because it needs more than 8GB. Have
anybody an idea how to handle this kind of cases?

Best regards,


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