[Rd] c++ code on amd64

From: Kasper Daniel Hansen <khansen_at_stat.berkeley.edu>
Date: Sun 16 Apr 2006 - 08:43:03 GMT


Brief synopsis:

I am having a rather peculiar problem regarding a C++ library. It seems that functions from this library behave differently when compiled using R as opposed to being compiled directly from the command line. The problem is only seen on the amd64 platform (using gcc 4.0.2) and not on either of Solaris (both 32 bit and 64 bit), Mac OS and Windows.

A bit more detail:

Basically the c++ library contains a class and methods for parsing text files in specific formats. These files contains integers as well floats.

If I write a stand-alone c++ program with a line like


   cout << "x: " cel.GetIndexToX(1) << " intensity: " << cel.GetIntensity(1) << endl;


(here cel is pointing to a specific file while GetIndexToX returns an integer (in what is essentially the first row), while GetIntensity returns a float), it works fine: the two numbers are printed to stdout.

If I instead embed the code inside R like

extern "C" {

    Rprintf("x: %d intensity: %f", cel.GetIndexToX(1), cel.GetIntensity(1)):


and do a R CMD INSTALL, I am able to read the integer from the file, but not the float. The float always returns 0.00000. This is very strange considering that the code is basically identical in the two cases (except for the extern part and inclusion of the R header files), and that the integer number is being read perfectly!

I would say that the fact that the stand-alone program works is indicating that the C++ library actually works. Further indication that this is the case is the fact that our R package works fine on Mac G4, Solaris and Windows.

The only real difference I can see is that the amd64 platform is the only little-endian 64-bit platform.

My working hypothesis is that the float is being read and then truncated.

I am extremely baffled by this. Do anyone have an idea on where I should start looking?

System details:

uname -a
Linux shadowfax.berkeley.edu 2.6.12-1-amd64-k8-smp #1 SMP Wed Sep 28 02:57:49 CEST 2005 x86_64 GNU/Linux

gcc --version
gcc (GCC) 4.0.2 20050808 (prerelease) (Ubuntu 4.0.1-4ubuntu9)

R is version 2.2.1 build using a standard ./configure, make step.


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