Re: [Rd] Calling FORTRAN function from R issue?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2012 15:51:08 +0000

On 06/03/2012 06:28, Berwin A Turlach wrote:
> G'day Dominick,
> On Mon, 5 Mar 2012 19:21:01 -0500
> Dominick Samperi<> wrote:


>> This is consistent with the interface prototype for the BLAS
>> routine zdotc contained in<R>/include/R_ext/BLAS.h, namely,
>> BLAS_extern Rcomplex
>> F77_NAME(zdotc)(Rcomplex * ret_val, int *n,
>> Rcomplex *zx, int *incx, Rcomplex *zy, int *incy);
>> [...]
>> On the other hand, this is not consistent with the standard
>> FORTRAN definition for zdotc that is contained in
>> <R>/src/extra/blas/cmplxblas.f, where the first argument is
>> n, not ret_val.
> This seems to be indeed inconsistent and, presumably, a bug. Applying
> the attach patch to R's development version (compiles, installs and
> passes all checks with this patch), and changing in your code the line

As I said elsewhere in this thread, this really is very compiler-specific, and rather than being a bug, that header is not appropriate to the compilers used (it came from the days of f2c and Fortran compilers based on it such as g77).

I'll change the sources to follow your patch as I think it is much more likely to be correct these days, but also add a warning in the header. I don't think it is safe to call these functions from C without configure-testing the effect.

> F77_CALL(zdotc)(&ret_val,&n, zx,&incx, zy,&incy);
> to
> ret_val = F77_CALL(zdotc)(&n, zx,&incx, zy,&incy);
> produces the expected output.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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