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From: wester@i...
Subject: C-Interface problem
Hi,

I want to write a small extension to OCaml (my first try).

I have the following files:

primitives.mli:
external ilt_spawn : string -> string -> int = "ilt_spawn"

primitives.ml:
open Primitives
let sp = ilt_spawn

I type:
ocamlc -c primitives.mli

and get primitives.cmi.

When I then try to compile primitives.ml with

ocamlc -c primitives.ml

I get the error message:

The implementation primitives.ml does not match the interface
primitives.cmi: The field 'ilt_spawn' is required but not provided. 

What did I do wrong?


My primitives.c file reads:

#include <caml/mlvalues.h>
#include <process.h>
extern "C"
{
 int ilt_spawn_(const char * cmd, const char * argument)
 {
  int ret = _spawnl(_P_NOWAIT, cmd, cmd, argument, NULL);
  return ret;
 }
 value ilt_spawn(value cmd, value argument)
 {
  int ret = ilt_spawn_((const char * ) String_val(cmd), (const char *
  )String_val(argument)); return Val_long(ret);
 }
}

I compile this file with VC++6.0. I would like to build a toplevel with:

ocamlmktop -custom -o mytop primitives.obj primitives.cma

Would this be correct?

I would be very appreciative for help on this problem.

With kind regards.

Rolf Wester

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Rolf Wester
wester@ilt.fhg.de