Re: [Rd] Large number of linked environments makes save() crash R

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Wed 26 Apr 2006 - 19:09:58 GMT

I think this is a C stack overflow problem. Probably needs a test added internally to save().

I could not reproduce this on Linux: I got a C stack overflow that was caught.

On Wed, 26 Apr 2006, Henrik Bengtsson (max 7Mb) wrote:

> Hi,
>
> first, this not a problem originating from me, but it was observed
> trying to do similar things with my R.oo package, so I troubleshooted
> it and found the following.
>
> On R v2.3.0 (patched), the following will crash R on WinXP sooner or later:
>
> troubleLimit <- 20435;
>
> linkedList <- list(head=new.env());
>
> currEnv <- linkedList$head;
> for (kk in 1:(2*troubleLimit)) {
> if (kk %% 100 == 0)
> print(kk);
> nextEnv <- new.env();
> assign("nxt", nextEnv, envir=currEnv);
> currEnv <- nextEnv;
> if (kk > troubleLimit) {
> cat("Saving linked list of length ", kk, "...", sep="");
> save(linkedList, file="linkedList.RData");
> cat("ok\n");
> }
> }
>
> This gives:
> ...
> [1] 20300
> [1] 20400
> Saving linked list of length 20436...ok
> Saving linked list of length 20437...ok
> Saving linked list of length 20438...
>
> and then R crashes/terminates. On my WinXP machine it always happens
> at the same number of environments.
>
> I tried the same on R v2.2.0 (sic!) on Unix and there it gave a
> segfault a bit after 10000 environments. ...and, the purpose of the
> example is not to implement linked lists, it to show that you can
> torture R to crash.
>
> Cheers
>
> Henrik
>
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