[Rd] width in options() (PR#666)

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun, 29 Oct 2000 18:17:42 +0100 (MET)

On Thu, 21 Sep 2000 aprasad@fs.fed.us wrote:

> Full_Name: Anantha Prasad
> Version: 1.1.1
> OS: Linux
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> When I try to use 
> > options(width=201)
> Error in options(...) : invalid width parameter
> It looks like 200 is the max. limit. THis is a huge limitation...for if I


> This limitation is not there in S-PLUS where you can set the width to any
> number.
> Hope this is fixed soon as many scripts I use depend on me setting width
> atleast
> 2000!

It's set as macro R_MAX_WIDTH_OPT in Print.h.  All you needed to do is to
change that and re-compile.  Simple, surely?   Even simple things like this
take time to track down and deal with, so it would be appreciated if bug
reporters could contribute to the R project by doing as much as they can

Presumably it is there to protect people from themselves, but as e.g.
strings can come out much longer I don't think it is very effective.
Alternatively as it dates from the era of fixed-size output buffers it
might have been to protect R, but that seems no longer necessary,
at least on a Unix console (it might be on other output devices).

I've upped the limit to 10000 and added comments in the help file and
a more informative warning:

> options(width=-17)
Error in options(...) : invalid width parameter, allowed 10...10000

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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