[Rd] C Interface

From: michael meyer <mjhmeyer_at_googlemail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2010 19:23:34 +0200


I am trying to call simple C-code from R. I am on Windows XP with RTools installed.

The C-function is

#include <R.h>
#include <Rinternals.h>
#include <Rmath.h>
#include <Rdefines.h>

// prevent name mangling
extern "C" {

SEXP __cdecl test(SEXP s){

  SEXP result;
  PROTECT(result = NEW_NUMERIC(1));
  double* ptr=NUMERIC_POINTER(result);
  double t = *REAL(s);
  double u = t-floor(t)-0.5;
  if(u>0) *ptr=-1+4*u; else *ptr=-1-4*u;   Rprintf("The value is %f", *ptr);
  return result;


It is compiled with

R CMD SHLIB OrthoFunctions.c

with flag


However when I call this code from R with

test <- function(t){

then R crashes.

If I compile with the default flags (no extern "C", no __cdecl) I get an error message about an undefined reference to "__gxx_personality_v0":

C:\...>R CMD SHLIB OrthoFunctions.c
C:/Programme/R/R-2.10.1/etc/Makeconf:151: warning: overriding commands for target `.c.o'
C:/Programme/R/R-2.10.1/etc/Makeconf:142: warning: ignoring old commands for target `.c.o'
C:/Programme/R/R-2.10.1/etc/Makeconf:159: warning: overriding commands for target `.c.d'
C:/Programme/R/R-2.10.1/etc/Makeconf:144: warning: ignoring old commands for target `.c.d'
C:/Programme/R/R-2.10.1/etc/Makeconf:169: warning: overriding commands for target `.m.o'
C:/Programme/R/R-2.10.1/etc/Makeconf:162: warning: ignoring old commands for target `.m.o'
g++ -I"C:/Programme/R/R-2.10.1/include" -O2 -Wall -c OrthoFunctions.c -o OrthoFunctions.o
gcc -shared -s -o OrthoFunctions.dll tmp.def OrthoFunctions.o -LC:/Programme/R/R-2.10.1/bin -lR
OrthoFunctions.o:OrthoFunctions.c:(.eh_frame+0x11): undefined reference to `__gxx_personality_v0'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

I have a vague idea of the issue of calling conventions and was hoping that the __cdecl
specifier would force the appropriate convention. I also have Cygwin installed as part of the Python(x,y) distribution but I am assuming that
R CMD SHLIB source.c
calls the right compiler.

What could the problem be?

Many thanks,


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