[R] R-1.6.0 crashing on RedHat6.3

Douglas Grove dgrove at fhcrc.org
Mon Oct 28 21:16:38 CET 2002


I'm having what I believe are OS problems with my installation
of R-1.6.0.  The machine I'm using was previously running R-1.4.0.
The install seemed fine to me.  I didn't note an error messages
in 'make' or 'make check'.

My problem is that I've been running some memory intesive code,
and the code that ran under 1.4.0 but won't run under R.1.6.0
(or under 1.5.1).  The code crashes with the message:

  Error: cannot allocate vector of size 13 Kb
  Execution halted

There's nothing special about the code I'm trying to run,
in fact it's pretty simple (just memory intensive):

  pc.norm <- princomp(D,scores=FALSE)

D is a matrix of dim 144x5300

My only guess, based on my very limited knowledge, is the 
problem stems from some outdated shared library.

The machine is an two-processor intel-based PC running RedHat6.3.
I would provide more info, but I'm not really sure what's relevant
and I'm not very system-savvy.  

I know the OS should probably be updated, but this isn't feasible
in the short term due to our sys-admin time constraints.
Is there is anything I can do short of updating the entire OS?

BTW, I realize that there isn't much *I* can do, as I'm not the 
system administrator, but I'm trying to figure out where the
problem(s) may lie so that I can tell him what to update.

FWIW, we've had similar problems with Splus6 on this machine
but until now just attributed them to Splus :-)

Doug Grove

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