[Rd] How to disable R's crash prompt

Wayne.Zhang at barclayscapital.com Wayne.Zhang at barclayscapital.com
Tue Mar 8 23:41:54 CET 2011

That did the trick.  Thank you soooooo much Simon!


-----Original Message-----
From: Simon Urbanek [mailto:simon.urbanek at r-project.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 5:28 PM
To: Zhang, Wayne: IT (NYK)
Cc: ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk; r-devel at r-project.org
Subject: Re: [Rd] How to disable R's crash prompt

On Mar 8, 2011, at 10:01 AM, <Wayne.Zhang at barclayscapital.com> <Wayne.Zhang at barclayscapital.com> wrote:

> Thanks for your quick comment Mr. Ripley.  I'm a newbie in R so excuse me for not knowing the obvious.  Could you elaborate on what code I should look at, and what documentation I should go to?
> This is my C++ code on calling embedded R (on redhat enterprise linux 4):
>    char *localArgs[] = { "R", "--silent" };  // tried --slave, -f, --vanilla too
>    Rf_initEmbeddedR(sizeof(localArgs)/sizeof(localArgs[0]), localArgs);

R_Interactive = FALSE;

>    PROTECT(load = lang2(install("source"), mkString(file.c_str())));	// file contains R code
>    R_tryEval(load, R_GlobalEnv, &errorOccurred);
>    PROTECT(call = lang2(install(entryPoint.c_str()), input));    // entry point is an R function defined in "file" above
>    PROTECT(output = R_tryEval(call, R_GlobalEnv, &errorOccurred));
>    UNPROTECT(3);
> What should I do in C++ to make R non-interactive?
> Thanks,
> Wayne
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Prof Brian Ripley [mailto:ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk] 
> Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2011 9:51 AM
> To: Zhang, Wayne: IT (NYK)
> Cc: r-devel at r-project.org
> Subject: Re: [Rd] How to disable R's crash prompt
> On Tue, 8 Mar 2011, Wayne.Zhang at barclayscapital.com wrote:
>> Dear R devel,
>> I have a C++ app that calls into embedded R to perform some analytic 
>> calculations.  When my app encounters a segmentation fault, R always 
>> prints the following crash prompt and asks me to enter an action:
>> *** caught segfault ***
>> address 0x8, cause 'memory not mapped'
>> Possible actions:
>> 1: abort (with core dump, if enabled)
>> 2: normal R exit
>> 3: exit R without saving workspace
>> 4: exit R saving workspace
>> The problem is my app will be run in non-interactive mode, so there 
>> is no way for me to enter the action.  Is there a way to disable the
> R does not do that in 'non-interactive mode'. Take a look at the 
> code: that section is conditional on R_Interactive.
>> crash prompt and have R simply crash the whole app?  I have tried 
>> using "-file=/dev/null", "-slave", "-vanilla", and pretty much all 
>> other start options, to no avail.
> They do not control if R is interactive: the front-end (yours, I 
> presume since you mention embedding but do not otherwise give any 
> details) does.
>> Thanks in advance for your help,
>> Wayne
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