Note: The backtrace utility is only available on Linux for builds of RStudio Desktop v0.94.73 or later (currently unavailable on Fedora). For a crash on Mac OS X, you can look for a crash report.
If you experience a reproducible crash while running RStudio on Linux, you can run the built-in backtrace utility to help pinpoint the source of the crash. This backtrace will capture your stack traces, or a list of all the function calls up to the point of the crash, and give us a good indication of what went wrong.
Running the backtrace utility:
Note: This utility will install gdb (if it isn't already installed) and temporarily alter the system core pattern (so it can capture cores from multiple processes) -- for both of these operations sudo privileges are required and the script will prompt for sudo as necessary.
- Quit any existing instances of RStudio
Run the following command from the terminal:
RStudio will launch automatically and you should now reproduce the crash
After crashing, a rstudio-backtrace.txt file is written to the same directory as the backtrace script was launched.
Send the rstudio-backtrace.txt file back to us at RStudio
This rstudio-backtrace.txt file contains the stack traces of the processes at the time they crashed. This will help show us where RStudio is crashing and ideally allow us to implement a fix.