[Rd] [linux] connection never times out

jeroen00ms jeroen.ooms at stat.ucla.edu
Tue Jul 12 14:24:30 CEST 2011

According to the download.file manual the timeout of a connection can be set
using options(timeout=10). This seems to work as expected on windows, but on
linux the connection does not timeout. I reproduced the problem both 0on
R-2.13 on Ubuntu and on R-2.12.1 on CentOS, but not in Windows.

> options(timeout=5)
> download.file("", dest=tempfile())

I am running Ubuntu 11.04 with the R binaries from CRAN:

> sessionInfo()
R version 2.13.0 (2011-04-13)
Platform: i686-pc-linux-gnu (32-bit)

 [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NUMERIC=C              
 [3] LC_TIME=en_US.UTF-8        LC_COLLATE=en_US.UTF-8    
 [5] LC_MONETARY=C              LC_MESSAGES=en_US.UTF-8   
 [7] LC_PAPER=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NAME=C                 
 [9] LC_ADDRESS=C               LC_TELEPHONE=C            

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base     

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