[Rd] Converting SEXP to primitive C types

Michael Petrovich mpetrovich at comcast.net
Tue Jul 11 21:04:14 CEST 2006

I'm new to R development, so this may be a trivial question.

In C, How do you convert a SEXP value returned by an R function to a  
primitive C type (int, double, char, array, etc.)? I've tried using  
the INTEGER(x), VECTOR_ELT(x,i), and similar functions found in /src/ 
include/Rinternals.h, but doing so results in incorrect results or a  

For example, I modified /tests/Embedding/Rerror.c so that it tries to  
print the value returned by the function defined in error.R:

val = Test_tryEval(e, &errorOccurred);
printf("Returned: {%d}\n", VECTOR_ELT(val, 0) );

Where error.R is contains:

foo <-
function(x=3, y=6)
   z <- x * y

But the output is just "0", not the correct "18". Any ideas?

Thanks for your help!

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