[Rd] mem.limits deprecated

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Mon Feb 6 22:15:40 CET 2012

On 6 February 2012 at 12:45, Jeroen Ooms wrote:
| After upgrading my servers to 2.14, log files were filled warnings
| that 'mem.limits' has been deprecated and to use gc instead. After
| reading the NEWS for R 2.14.0 and PR#14795 I learned that it is
| actually deprecated without replacement.
| Hereby I just want to voice that this function was actually in use by
| at least several users. Among other things, it is a useful to limit
| per-session memory on a shared resource. I am not sure what the
| assumption that 'these limits are nowadays almost never used' was
| based on, but I would disagree.

Your operating system is better at these thing. 'man bash' and search for ulimit.

| Obviously this is message is late, the decision has been made and we
| were not paying attention when we should have. However if there is
| possibly anything that can be done to rescue some of this
| functionality that would be greatly appreciated. E.g. by keeping some
| of the support in the memory allocator and moving the R code into a
| package or so.
| Thank you
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