Re: [Rd] Using multicore with an open pdf device results in corrupt pdf (PR#14186)

From: Manuel Koller <koller.manuel_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:30:45 +0100

Well I guess there's no point in starting a discussion here. I can also do all calculations, gather the plots in a list before starting the pdf device and plot them later. But just to prove my point: the attached pdfs (generated in a clean session, on the system used to generate the bug report) are not identical. They might display fine with some pdf viewers, but at least Adobe Reader 9.3.0 on OS X refuses to display test4.pdf.

Regards,
Manuel

On 15.01.2010, at 18:48, Simon Urbanek wrote:

> How is this a bug in R? First, multicore is not R. Second, you're running multicore with GUI code loaded which it explicitly tells you that it won't work. Third, the code you provided does produce correct PDFs (tested on the same platform you provided) in a clean session (unsurprisingly).
> 
> Cheers,
> Simon
> 
> 
> On Jan 15, 2010, at 9:15 , kollerma_at_stat.math.ethz.ch wrote:
> 

>> The attached code produces corrupted pdfs (test2.pdf, test4.pdf and
>> test5.pdf). The resulting pdf depends on how many cores are available on
>> the machine.
>>
>> I don't see why there should be any difference between the pdfs (exept for
>> the timestamp). Doing many operations involving mclapply can increase the
>> size of the resulting pdf by ten times!
>>
>> Thank you for checking this.
>>
>> require(multicore)
>>
>> pdf('test.pdf')
>> y <- unlist(lapply(1:50, identity))
>> plot(y)
>> print(y)
>> dev.off()
>>
>> options(cores = 3)
>>
>> pdf('test2.pdf')
>> y <- unlist(mclapply(1:50, identity))
>> plot(y)
>> print(y)
>> dev.off()
>>
>> pdf('test3.pdf')
>> y <- unlist(lapply(1:50, identity))
>> plot(y)
>> print(y)
>> dev.off()
>>
>> options(cores = 2)
>>
>> pdf('test4.pdf')
>> y <- unlist(mclapply(1:50, identity))
>> plot(y)
>> print(y)
>> dev.off()
>>
>> options(cores = 8)
>>
>> pdf('test5.pdf')
>> y <- unlist(mclapply(1:50, identity))
>> plot(y)
>> print(y)
>> dev.off()
>>
>>
>> --please do not edit the information below--
>>
>> Version:
>> platform = x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
>> arch = x86_64
>> os = linux-gnu
>> system = x86_64, linux-gnu
>> status =
>> major = 2
>> minor = 10.1
>> year = 2009
>> month = 12
>> day = 14
>> svn rev = 50720
>> language = R
>> version.string = R version 2.10.1 (2009-12-14)
>>
>> Locale:
>> LC_CTYPE=de_CH.UTF-8;LC_NUMERIC=C;LC_TIME=en_US.UTF-8;LC_COLLATE=de_CH.UTF-8;LC_MONETARY=C;LC_MESSAGES=de_CH.UTF-8;LC_PAPER=de_CH.UTF-8;LC_NAME=C;LC_ADDRESS=C;LC_TELEPHONE=C;LC_MEASUREMENT=de_CH.UTF-8;LC_IDENTIFICATION=C
>>
>> Search Path:
>> .GlobalEnv, package:skewt, package:rgl, package:ggplot2, package:reshape, package:plyr, package:proto, package:VGAM, package:stats4, package:splines, package:latticeExtra, package:RColorBrewer, package:doMC, package:multicore, package:foreach, package:codetools, package:iterators, package:abind, package:seqinr, package:mvbutils, mvb.session.info, package:tools, package:robust, package:rrcov, package:pcaPP, package:mvtnorm, package:robustbase, package:MASS, package:glmmML, package:playwith, package:grid, package:gWidgetsRGtk2, package:cairoDevice, package:lattice, package:gWidgets, package:graphics, package:grDevices, package:datasets, package:fortunes, package:sfsmisc, package:stats, package:utils, package:methods, Autoloads, package:base
>>
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