[R] memory limit problem

Yi-Xiong Sean Zhou yzhou at sdsc.edu
Sat Apr 3 23:49:00 CEST 2004

After memory.limit(1500), the error message still pop out:

Error: cannot allocate vector of size 11529 Kb


> memory.size()
[1] 307446696
> memory.limit()
[1] 1572864000

And the system is only using 723MB physical memory, while 2G is the total. 

Does anyone have a clue of what is going on? 


-----Original Message-----
From: Uwe Ligges [mailto:ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de] 
Sent: Saturday, April 03, 2004 12:40 PM
To: Yi-Xiong Sean Zhou
Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: Re: [R] memory limit problem

Yi-Xiong Sean Zhou wrote:
> Could anyone advise me how to allocate 1.5Gbyte memory for R on a Dell
> laptop running XP professional with 2G memory?

See ?Memory or the the R for Windows FAQ, which tells you:

"2.7 There seems to be a limit on the memory it uses!

Indeed there is. It is set by the command-line flag --max-mem-size (see
How do I install R for Windows?) and defaults to the smaller of the
amount of physical
RAM in the machine and 1Gb. [...]"

> I have tried
> "C:\Program Files\R\rw1081\bin\Rgui.exe" --max-vsize=1400M
> but I only get only 500MB for R actually.
> I also tried memory.limit(2^30) in R and got error of:

Well, you don't want to allocate 2^30 *Mega*Bytes (see ?memory.limit),
do you? 

Either use the command line flag --max-mem-size=1500M or within R:

> Error in memory.size(size) : cannot decrease memory limit

Since your limit was roughly 10^6-times off the right one, you got an
integer overflow internally, I think.

Uwe Ligges

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