Re: [Rd] dyn.load and function calls without 'PACKAGE' argument

From: Paul Gilbert <>
Date: Fri 08 Dec 2006 - 22:31:49 GMT


You might look at the package padi (and also dsepadi) in the dseplus bundle in the devel area of CRAN. This provides an R to Fame link, and I have tried to do it in a generic way that can potentially interface to other time series data bases. It also handles endian issues, if your servers do not have the same architecture as the clients. Padi does not link the Fame stuff directly into R. Instead, it links a client side rpc program that talks to a server side that is linked to the Fame hli. This means the client is independent of the server side database, which has some advantages. Compiling is handled by a Makefile in the src directory and the location of run time code is handled by environment variables. It is a bit more complicated than this, because of the server and client modes. You may actually want something simpler, but the packages builds without errors (at least the client mode part of it). I have left it in the devel area mainly because the documentation is incomplete.

The package is very stable. I have been using it for fifteen years (first on Splus and now in R). It has a few shortcomings, but they are not things I need much. There are lots of improvements I could suggest.

Paul Gilbert wrote:
> I'm writing a package that interfaces to the FAME database, via a
> library of compiled C routines accessible through a Linux .so file. My
> .onLoad() function loads the .so like this:
> dyn.load("/opt/fame/timeiq/lib/linux_x86/", local = F)
> and after that I also load my own via
> library.dynam("fame", package = "fame")
> The code in uses functions found in, making the
> 'local = F' argument in dyn.load() necessary. But since Fame symbols
> are found in, which is NOT part of my package, I can't, for
> example, do this:
> .C("cfmfin", status = integer(1), PACKAGE = "fame")
> since the PACKAGE argument tells R to look only in for symbols.
> Instead, I have to do it without specifying 'PACKAGE', i.e.,
> .C("cfmfin", status = integer(1))
> This works, but 'R CMD check' complains:
> "Foreign function calls without 'PACKAGE' argument:"
> followed by a list of the functions called from
> Is there a way to make R CMD check happy here?
> Jeff
> ______________________________________________
> mailing list

La version franšaise suit le texte anglais.

This email may contain privileged and/or confidential inform...{{dropped}} mailing list Received on Sat Dec 09 09:34:51 2006

Archive maintained by Robert King, hosted by the discipline of statistics at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Archive generated by hypermail 2.1.8, at Fri 08 Dec 2006 - 23:30:57 GMT.

Mailing list information is available at Please read the posting guide before posting to the list.