Re: [Rd] Signal handling / alarm timeouts

From: Henrik Bengtsson <hb_at_biostat.ucsf.edu>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:22:05 -0700

On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM, Murray Stokely <murray_at_stokely.org> wrote:
> What are the ramifications of setting up user signal handling to allow
> the use of e.g. alarm(2) to send a SIGALRM to the R process at some
> number of seconds in the future to e.g. interrupt a routine that is
> taking too long to complete.
>
> I can't find any R language support for this (e.g. a timeout argument
> to tryCatch() would be ideal), so am wondering what kinds of problems
> are to be expected if I do this with native C code in a package.
>
> Are there other ways to accomplish timeouts for blocks of R code like this?

See R help thread 'Time out for a R Function' on 2010-12-06 [http://www.mail-archive.com/r-help@r-project.org/msg119344.html]. As explained there, R provides setTimeLimit(), which is cross platform so you don't have to rely on OS-specific signals. In R.utils there is evalWithTimeout(), which utilizes setTimeLimit().

/Henrik

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