Re: [Rd] R on Windows crashes when using certain characters in strings in data frames (PR#14125)

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 07:34:35 -0500

On 10/12/2009 4:20 AM, wrote:
> Full_Name: Karl Ove Hufthammer
> Version: 2.10.0
> OS: Windows XP
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> I have found a rather strange bug in R 2.10.0 on Windows, where the choice of
> characters used in a string make R crash (i.e., Windows shows a dialogue saying
> that the application has a problem, and must be closed).

This was related to encoding changes. It likely appeared Windows-specific because Windows uses a different default encoding than most Linux systems. I believe it is fixed now in R-devel, and it will soon make it into 2.10.1-patched, but it came too late to make it into today's release.

I believe PR#14114 was the same issue and is also fixed, but I did less testing of it. I'd appreciate it if those who saw either bug in real code test the patches. They should be in today's tarball of R-devel, and did make it into the Windows binary build of R-devel this morning.


> I can reproduce the bug on two separate systems running Windows XP, and with
> both R 2.10.0 and the latest R.2.10.1 RC.
> The following commands trigger the crash for me:
> n=1e5
> k=10
> x=sample(k,n,replace=TRUE)
> y=sample(k,n,replace=TRUE)
> xy=paste(x,y,sep=" ")
> z=sample(n)
> d=data.frame(xy,z)
> The last step takes very long time, and R crashes before it's finished. Note
> that if I reduce n, the problem disappears. Also, if I change the (a
> multiplication symbol) to a x (a letter), the problem also disappears (and the
> last command takes almost no time to run).
> I originally discovered this (or a related?) bug while using 'unique' on a data
> frame similar to the 'd' data frame defined above, where R would often, but not
> always, crash.

>> sessionInfo()

> R version 2.10.0 (2009-10-26)
> i386-pc-mingw32
> locale:
> [1] LC_COLLATE=Norwegian-Nynorsk_Norway.1252
> [2] LC_CTYPE=Norwegian-Nynorsk_Norway.1252
> [3] LC_MONETARY=Norwegian-Nynorsk_Norway.1252
> [5] LC_TIME=Norwegian-Nynorsk_Norway.1252
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods base
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