Re: [Rd] problems with connections when applied in tryCatch

From: Uwe Ligges <>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:49:41 +0200

On 18.08.2011 17:53, Joris Meys wrote:
> Recently on stackoverflow following problem came up :
> A reproducible example: When trying
> replicate(200,tryCatch(read.table(""),
> warning=function(w){print(showConnections());print("warning")}))
> No connections are shown, but after a number of calls, suddenly the message
> Error in file(file, "rt") : all connections are in use
> pops up. Trying to get them deleted with closeAllConnections() causes
> R to crash on Windows 7. Another user reported a segfault. (see the
> link to stackoverflow)
> Although I initially thought on.exit() was somehow skipped, that's not
> the case. In fact, the connection couldn't be opened, so it can't be
> closed either. I have no clue as to why this goes wrong, but it shows
> there's something odd happening with the connections. For the record,
> I am aware that the use of the warning handler in that call is rather
> peculiar. But even then, R shouldn't crash.

Right, and not trivial to track down! At least I can reproduce it with R-devel under Windows Server 2008. Can you please file a bug report so it won't be forgotten.

Uwe Ligges

> Cheers
> Joris
> mailing list Received on Mon 22 Aug 2011 - 17:52:40 GMT

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