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Date: 2004-01-07 (13:01)
From: Richard Jones <rich@a...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] adding an ocaml interpreter to my C program
On Wed, Jan 07, 2004 at 01:01:00AM -0800, Kip Macy wrote:
> It is possible to add many scripting languages as configuration
> languages for an arbitrary C program. One can transfer control
> to the interpreter, let it use the C bindings to modify program
> state, and then get control back. I'll give perl as an example:
> I don't see any obvious way of doing this with ocaml.

It's documented here (right at the bottom, in the "Advanced" section):

Basically, you call caml_main, which runs your initialization code
(written in OCaml), which registers C callbacks, which your C can then
execute by calling callbackN ().

What the manual doesn't tell you is that none of this stuff works at
all if your C code is contained in a dynamically linked library (.so
file), unless you undertake some pretty horrific hacks.  Particularly
if you plan to use the OCaml Dynlink module at the same time.  See the
code in my mod_caml project[1] for details.

Also, it only works for bytecode.  (And it only works for compiled
code - linking in the toplevel so you can parse ML directly is a
different thing entirely).

> I'm using perl as a powerful macro language for gdb by just doing:
> (gdb) sourceperl

You might also be interested in [2].



Richard Jones.
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