[racket] PLaneT package installs can run out of memory?

From: Danny Yoo (dyoo at cs.wpi.edu)
Date: Thu Nov 18 15:57:25 EST 2010

On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 3:47 PM, Robby Findler
<robby at eecs.northwestern.edu> wrote:
> I don't know that there is much that can be done besides upping the
> memory limit. If planet were better, it would notice that it didn't
> finish and not consider the package to be installed, but even in that
> case your users would still be in big trouble, no?

Hmmm... having PLaneT notice that the installation failed in the
middle would be an improvement that, at the very least, keep students
out of the bad, undefined situation.

Here's why: on an out-out-memory, DrRacket brings up a dialog that
gives the user the option to double the memory ceiling.  If re-running
the program triggers installation again, then eventually the student
will run the program in an environment with a sufficiently high memory
ceiling so that the installation completes successfully.

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