Re: [Rd] Stack checking, core dumps, and embedding R

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Wed 12 Apr 2006 - 05:57:03 GMT

On Wed, 12 Apr 2006, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

> On Tue, 11 Apr 2006, Simon Urbanek wrote:
>
>> On Apr 11, 2006, at 5:34 AM, A.J. Rossini wrote:
>>
>>> I've been experiencing some interesting stack warnings recently
>>> when moving from R 2.2.x to the R 2.3.0 series and the R 2.4.0
>>> series. In particular, I'm getting warnings of "Error: C stack
>>> usage is too close to the limit" before segfaulting, and this
>>> wasn't happening under the 2.2.x series.
>>>
>>> Here's the question statement: (ONLY) In the situation where one
>>> is embedding R, is anyone else seeing this occur with recent (past
>>> 2 weeks) versions of R (both the 2.3.x and 2.4.x series)?
>>>
>>
>> When embedding R, the stack base is set to -1 (which is almost
>> certainly wrong) if R cannot find the stack base using some system
>> method.
>
> Setting it to -1 means stack checking is disabled, so _no_ harm is done.
> The test is
>
> if(R_CStackLimit != -1 && usage > 0.95 * R_CStackLimit) {
>
> in errors.c.
>
>> I have just fixed the detection for OS X, so you shouldn't
>> get that message there anymore. However, I was wondering why to not
>> set it to something reasonable - even if we are not the main
>> application, IMHO less harm is done setting it to something based on
>> the current stack pointer than using -1. The status quo relies on the
>> embedding application to set the stack base - I don't know if that's
>> a good idea. Opinions?
>
> Wrong premise, wrong conclusion.

Sorry, I misunderstood this (we don't use 'base'): I guess you mean if R_CStackStart is unset, it defaults to -1. In that case the intention was that R_CStackLimit be set to -1. It seems that has dropped off, and I have reinstated it.

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