[R] R process must die - can I save history?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Oct 2 20:59:30 CEST 2012

On 02/10/2012 18:29, Bert Gunter wrote:
> ?history
> in a fresh R session, to see what might be possible. I'll bet the
> answer is, "No, you're screwed," though. Nevertheless, maybe Linux
> experts can save you.

Maybe not.  On a Unix-alike see ?Signals.  If you can find the pid of 
the R process and it is still running (and not e.g. suspended),

kill -USR1 <pid>

will save the workspace and history.

> May the Force be with you.
> -- Bert
> On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM, Mike Miller <mbmiller+l at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I connected from my desktop Linux box to a Linux server using ssh in an
>> xterm, but that xterm was running in Xvnc.  I'm running R on the server in
>> that xterm (over ssh).  Something went wrong with Xvnc that has caused it to
>> hang, probably this bug:
>> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/vnc4/+bug/819473
>> So I can't get back to that ssh session or to R.  I had done a bunch of work
>> in R but the command history hasn't been written out.  If I kill R, I assume
>> the command history is gone.  I wish I could somehow cause R to dump the
>> command history.  Is there any way to tell the running R process to write
>> the history somewhere?
>> Thanks in advance.
>> Mike
>> --
>> Michael B. Miller, Ph.D.
>> Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research
>> Department of Psychology
>> University of Minnesota
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