[Rcpp-devel] RcppEigen needs 1GB memory to compile

Jeroen Ooms jeroen.ooms at stat.ucla.edu
Mon Dec 2 20:17:58 CET 2013

I noticed that RcppEigen fails to install on my servers because it requires
more than 1gb of memory to compile. Is this expected? Are there any flags
or options I could set to trade of some memory for cpu? A short simulation:

> library(RAppArmor)
> rlimit_as(1e9)
[1] 1e+09

[1] 1e+09

> install.packages("RcppEigen")
Installing package into ‘/home/jeroen/R/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-library/3.0’
(as ‘lib’ is unspecified)
trying URL 'http://cran.rstudio.com/src/contrib/RcppEigen_0.3.2.0.tar.gz'
Content type 'application/x-gzip' length 1244321 bytes (1.2 Mb)
opened URL
downloaded 1.2 Mb

* installing *source* package ‘RcppEigen’ ...
** package ‘RcppEigen’ successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked
** libs
g++ -I/usr/share/R/include -DNDEBUG
 -I../inst/include -fpic  -O3 -pipe  -g  -c RcppEigen.cpp -o RcppEigen.o
g++ -I/usr/share/R/include -DNDEBUG
 -I../inst/include -fpic  -O3 -pipe  -g  -c fastLm.cpp -o fastLm.o
virtual memory exhausted: Cannot allocate memory
make: *** [fastLm.o] Error 1
ERROR: compilation failed for package ‘RcppEigen’
* removing ‘/home/jeroen/R/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-library/3.0/RcppEigen’
* restoring previous

The downloaded source packages are in
Warning message:
In install.packages("RcppEigen") :
  installation of package ‘RcppEigen’ had non-zero exit status
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