[Rd] Problem with initializiing R main loop under Windows (R.dll-version: 2.15.1)

Peter Vorpahl peter.vorpahl at uni-potsdam.de
Tue Aug 21 01:10:25 CEST 2012

Dear R-developers,
even though I may not be the first one to encounter the problem 
described below, I would really appreciate some help or a link to a 
forum where this topic is being discussed. Probably I am simply 
misinformed on the usage of structRstart but see for youselve.
I did check multiple forums and the whole internet on the topic without 
I am using the shared library version of R under Windows and my 
application is intended to provide a two-way interaction with R.

The code snippet, I use to initialize and start the repl is:

     void RServer::run()

         // If we have no GUI frontend running, don't init the R-server
         if (!connectToGui()) return;

         // set the start time

         // Definel callback handler struct
         structRstart RParams;
         R_DefParams (&RParams);
         RParams.R_Quiet        = FALSE; //
         RParams.R_Interactive  = TRUE;
         RParams.R_Verbose      = FALSE;
         RParams.R_Slave        = FALSE;
         RParams.RestoreAction  = SA_RESTORE;
         RParams.SaveAction     = SA_NOSAVE;
         RParams.rhome          = get_R_HOME ();
         RParams.home           = getRUser ();
         RParams.CharacterMode  = LinkDLL; // RGui;
         RParams.ShowMessage    = RShowMessage;
         RParams.ReadConsole    = RReadConsoleWin;
         RParams.WriteConsoleEx = RWriteConsoleEx;
         RParams.WriteConsole   = 0;
         RParams.CallBack       = RDoProcessEvents;
         RParams.YesNoCancel    = RAskYesNoCancel;
         RParams.Busy           = RBusy;

         // Install own handlers

         // flush the console input buffer
         // call to WINAPI: clears all that's in stdin

         // Fake a command line
         int argc = 2;
         char* argv[2] = { qstrdup ("--no-save"), qstrdup 
("--no-restore") };

         // redirect the BREAK signal to own handler
         signal(SIGBREAK, pi_onintr);

         // set the arguments in R
         R_set_command_line_arguments (argc, argv);

         // Here, the main initialization of R is performed
         setup_Rmainloop ();

         // Init the IO buffer and the global context

         // if I use the following instead, no problem occurs on error 
in evaluation:
         // run_Rmainloop ();

         while ((_state== Connected || _state == Running) && 
R_ReplDLLdo1() > 0) {
             Pi::msleep(5); // to keep the processor cool

         // Usually we don't get here on q()




This, however is mostly adapted from 'writing R extensions'. 
Nonetheless, this way I receive an abnormal program termination whenever 
an error occurs in the evaluation of code returned from 
'RReadConsoleWin'. I'm pretty sure that there is no problem in my code, 
since,  if I use 'run_Rmainloop ()' instead, everyting works fine but I 
have no control on the exit of the program. This implies that my program 
would not be able to do proper clean up at end.
I would really appreciate some help here.
Yours sincerely,

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