|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Re: Extending perl with C dynamic library.by BrowserUk (Pope)
|on Aug 16, 2013 at 23:20 UTC||Need Help??|
Here is what happens when you write a small pure C function and build it with Inline::C.
Start with the C function and the Inline::C support structure:
When you run that, Inline::C wraps that C function up with an XS function to call it into a .XS file which gets XS-preprocessed to a .c file which is what gets compiled to create the dynamic llibrary (.dll/.so). Here I've thrown away a lot of boilerplate code to make it easier to see what is going on. The resultant .c file contains 3 functions.
The original C function:
A wrapper function that unpacks the input arguments from their Perl variables; calls the C function with the extracted values; and then wraps up the return value from the C function into a Perl variable for returning to the Perl code:
And finally, it adds a bootstrap function who purpose is two-fold:
So, you should be able to see from this that you cannot avoid the XS wrapper functions because the C code would not know what to do with perl variables. And you cannot do away with the 'boot_module' entrypoint because perl would not know what functions are exported by the .dll/.so.
I strongly urge you to play with Inline::C and explore the files it creates. You'll learn far more, far more quickly that banging your head on the wall of ignorance trying to go your own way.
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