Re: [Rd] Allocated Memory Warnings in Vista 32 bit with 4 GB (PR#12560)

From: <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 12:10:09 +0200 (CEST)


I see no bug here. R is telling you that you have insufficient memory available: see also ?"Memory-limits".

See also rw-FAQ Q2.9.

Note that we don't have a reproducible example and in particular have no idea of how many columns this data frame has.

The 'R Data Import/Export' manual gives you many hints on how to do this more efficiently, and it is referenced from the help page. I see no sign that you have consulted it, so doing your homework is your next (belated) step.

On Sun, 17 Aug 2008, drmark_at_marktab.com wrote:

> Hello
>
> I am running Windows Vista 32 with 4 GB (installed, though Windows of cours=
> e only recognizes 3326 MB, as reported by Windows "My Computer")

And only 2Gb of that is available to a user process.

> I am running R 2.7.1
>
> I was trying to read in a comma delimited single column CSV file, assign th=
> at file to a variable ("data") and then extract a sample (assigned to "part=
> ial"). I was getting memory allocation errors, and from the log below, I s=
> tarted to see a pattern which indicates that the "error" is related to how =
> R views memory allocation, and perhaps how R is using or reading memory on =
> my specific system. The error, I would guess, is probably related to how R=
> is reporting the memory available.
>
> My source files have the same number of rows (or cases) as the name of the =
> file. Thus, data10000 has 10,000 observations, and data300000 has 300,000 =
> observations.
>
> Here is my history which shows the problem, and inconsistency in memory all=
> ocation reporting:
>
> > data=3Dread.csv("data10000.csv",header=3DFALSE)
> > partial=3Dsample(data,5000,T)
> > data=3Dread.csv("data100000.csv",header=3DFALSE)
> Error in file(file, "r") : cannot open the connection
> In addition: Warning message:
> In file(file, "r") :
> cannot open file 'data100000.csv': No such file or directory
> > data=3Dread.csv("data300000.csv",header=3DFALSE)
> > partial=3Dsample(data,5000,T)
> Error: cannot allocate vector of size 2.3 Mb
> In addition: Warning messages:
> 1: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 2: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 3: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 4: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> > partial=3Dsample(data,5,T)
> Error: cannot allocate vector of size 2.3 Mb
> In addition: Warning messages:
> 1: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 2: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 3: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 4: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> > partial=3Dsample(data,1,T)
> Warning messages:
> 1: In attributes(.Data) <- c(attributes(.Data), attrib) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 2: In attributes(.Data) <- c(attributes(.Data), attrib) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> > partial=3Dsample(data,1,T)
> > partial=3Dsample(data,5000,T)
> Error: cannot allocate vector of size 2.3 Mb
> In addition: Warning messages:
> 1: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 2: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 3: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 4: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> > partial[1:5,]
> [1] 0.3204279 1.6583593 -0.3456585 1.2951363 -1.1096974
> > rm(partial)
> > partial=3Dsample(data,5000,T)
> Error: cannot allocate vector of size 2.3 Mb
> In addition: Warning messages:
> 1: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 2: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 3: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 4: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 5: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 6: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> > partial[1:5,]
> Error: object "partial" not found
> > partial=3Dsample(data,1,T)
> Error: cannot allocate vector of size 2.3 Mb
> In addition: Warning messages:
> 1: In attributes(.Data) <- c(attributes(.Data), attrib) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 2: In attributes(.Data) <- c(attributes(.Data), attrib) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 3: In attributes(.Data) <- c(attributes(.Data), attrib) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 4: In attributes(.Data) <- c(attributes(.Data), attrib) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> > partial=3Dsample(data,1,T)
> Warning messages:
> 1: In attributes(.Data) <- c(attributes(.Data), attrib) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 2: In attributes(.Data) <- c(attributes(.Data), attrib) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> > partial=3Dsample(data,1,T)
> > partial=3Dsample(data,5000,T)
> Error: cannot allocate vector of size 2.3 Mb
> In addition: Warning messages:
> 1: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 2: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 3: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> 4: In names(y) <- make.unique(cols) :
> Reached total allocation of 1535Mb: see help(memory.size)
> >=20
>
>
> I have been able to reproduce the situation several times. For example, wh=
> at is curious is that a command like partial=3Dsample(data,1,T) may or may =
> not produce a warning message. In the history, obviously 2.3MB is well bel=
> ow the allocated 1535MB. I had been getting this error on my original larg=
> er source data (1,000,000 observations), but since I am a new R user, it wa=
> s not clear to me what these errors mean.
>
> If you need the original source files, or have additional questions, please=
> let me know. I am a certified .NET software developer, and although I do =
> not know everything about Windows development, I believe my abilities are a=
> bove average.
>
>
>
> Mark Tabladillo=20
> Atlanta, GA
> marktab_at_email.phoenix.edu
> Alternate: x2008_at_marktab.com
>
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