[Rd] unique.default problem (PR#12551)

From: <prokaj_at_cs.elte.hu>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 14:20:17 +0200 (CEST)

Full_Name: Vilmos Prokaj
Version: R 2.7.1
OS: windows
Submission from: (NULL) (

Dear developers,

The following line of code (produced by a mistake) caused an infinite loop


or also


I made a little investigation, and it seems to be that the following function from unique.c is looping infinitely

static int isDuplicated(SEXP x, int indx, HashData *d)

    int i, *h;

    h = INTEGER(d->HashTable);
    i = d->hash(x, indx, d);
    while (h[i] != NIL) {

	if (d->equal(x, h[i], x, indx))
	    return h[i] >= 0 ? 1 : 0;
		i = (i + 1) % d->M;
	    h[i] = indx;

    return 0;
In this case h contains only one negative value, which causes d->equal(=requal) to return 0.         

static int requal(SEXP x, int i, SEXP y, int j)

    if (i < 0 || j < 0) return 0;
    if (!ISNAN(REAL(x)[i]) && !ISNAN(REAL(y)[j]))

        return (REAL(x)[i] == REAL(y)[j]);
    else if (R_IsNA(REAL(x)[i]) && R_IsNA(REAL(y)[j])) return 1;     else if (R_IsNaN(REAL(x)[i]) && R_IsNaN(REAL(y)[j])) return 1;     else return 0;

I do not claim that the situation above is frequent or even meaningful, however it should not cause a crash of R.

Sincerely yours
Vilmos Prokaj

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