[Rd] simple C function segfaults

From: Bernd Kriegstein <kriegstn_at_yahoo.de>
Date: Tue 21 Feb 2006 - 04:42:45 GMT


I use the simplest of examples that somebody can think of in order to generate a matrix of random numbers from within C, calling appropriate R functions. The concrete example is below:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <math.h>
#include <R.h>
#include <Rmath.h>

#define COLM( i, j, m ) ( m*j + i)

void pico ( double *y, int n, int m ) {

        int i, j;
        for ( i=0; i<n; i++ ) {
                for ( j=0; j<m; j++ ) {
                        y[ COLM( i,j,m ) ] = rnorm( 0,
1 );


if( is.loaded( symbol.C( "pico" ) ) )

n<-10; m<-5;
y<-matrix( 0, n, m );
a<- .C( "pico", as.double(y), as.integer(n),
as.integer(m) );

The code, when executed within R, gives a segmentation fault. I looked at the writing R extensions, but not much can be inferred from there on the subject. In fact, I would be indebted if I could have a pointer to a beginnner's guide to the R API.

Thank you for any answers,

PS. if this is not the appropriate section of R maillists that this post should be in, I apologise in advance.

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