[Rd] problems with connections when applied in tryCatch

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de
Mon Aug 22 19:49:41 CEST 2011

On 18.08.2011 17:53, Joris Meys wrote:
> Recently on stackoverflow following problem came up :
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7103429/all-the-connections-are-in-use-execution-halted/7108799#7108799
> A reproducible example: When trying
> replicate(200,tryCatch(read.table("this.is.no.file"),
>            warning=function(w){print(showConnections());print("warning")}))
> No connections are shown, but after a number of calls, suddenly the message
> Error in file(file, "rt") : all connections are in use
> pops up. Trying to get them deleted with closeAllConnections() causes
> R to crash on Windows 7. Another user reported a segfault. (see the
> link to stackoverflow)
> Although I initially thought on.exit() was somehow skipped, that's not
> the case. In fact, the connection couldn't be opened, so it can't be
> closed either. I have no clue as to why this goes wrong, but it shows
> there's something odd happening with the connections. For the record,
> I am aware that the use of the warning handler in that call is rather
> peculiar. But even then, R shouldn't crash.

Right, and not trivial to track down! At least I can reproduce it with 
R-devel under Windows Server 2008. Can you please file a bug report so 
it won't be forgotten.

Uwe Ligges

> Cheers
> Joris

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