Re: [R] Rf_error crashes entire program.

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 07:28:57 +0100 (BST)

Rf_error is used so often in R itself and packages that it is almost certainly not the problem -- rather something else your program has done has damaged R's internals (e.g. overrrun an array).

'Writing R Extensions' discusses how to debug R code, including foreign code. For example, I would run under valgrind to look for incorrect memory accesses.

This was an appropriate topic for R-devel -- please DO study the posting guide.

On Mon, 28 Jul 2008, Andrew Redd wrote:

> I'm having a problem with the error and warning functions. I've tried this
> on multiple machine so I'm fairly sure it's not machine dependent and I've
> tried it on the latest versions 2.6.0-2.7.1. Whenever my program gets to an
> error or warning it crashes the entire program rather than throwing the
> error like it should.
> Here are the relevant bits.
> ...
> char const * const ExeedsMinVarianceError = "PFDA ERR: Near zero
> variance encountered. Estimation Unstable. Terminating Estimation.";
> ....
> if(debug){printf("Da:\n");printmat(DaOld,1,*ka);fflush(stdout);}
> daxpy_(ka, &mOne, Da, &one, DaOld, &one);
> for(i=0;i<*ka;i++)convergenceCriteria+=fabs(DaOld[i]);
> if(Da[*ka] < MinVariance){
> printf("PING");fflush(stdout);
> warning(ExeedsMinVarianceError);
> break;
> }
> and the output from running in batch mode that I get is this:
> Da:
> 0.1803 4.988e-017
> and here the program crashes. I've tried this in multiple places and
> sometimes the error is thrown sometimes not. Does anyone have an idea of
> what is going on. I could not find any discussion of this error yet.
> Thank you,
> Andrew Redd
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