[Rd] R crashes with debug()

Jeffrey Horner jeff.horner at vanderbilt.edu
Fri Feb 15 23:29:40 CET 2008

I know this may be a pathological case, but I found it while debugging 

Invoking a debugged function prior to the conclusion of 
setup_Rmainloop() will cause R to crash because R_ConsoleIob is not 
initialized until run_Rmainloop().

Tested in R-2-6-branch and trunk on Linux.

Crash it like this from a shell command line:

$ cat >> ~/.Rprofile <<EOF
foo <- function() x<-1

$ $R

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debugging in: foo()
debug: x <- 1
Browse[1]> q

  *** caught segfault ***
address (nil), cause 'memory not mapped'

  1: foo()

Possible actions:
1: abort (with core dump, if enabled)
2: normal R exit
3: exit R without saving workspace
4: exit R saving workspace


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