[R] Loading a dynamic library

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu May 19 22:11:03 CEST 2005

On Thu, 19 May 2005, Astle, William J wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm trying to load a .dll library into R 2.1.0 on Windows using the
> "dyn.load" function.  The library is compiled with gcc 3.3.3 on cygwin
> 1.5.16.

Please use the correct OS's DLLs: Cygwin is another OS hosted on Windows. 
This might work, but it is not as good an idea as using the recommended 
compilers, or indeed any other Windows compiler.

> I compile and link:
> $ gcc -c myfile.cpp -o myfile.o [HRT]
> $ gcc -shared myfile.o -o myfile.dll [HRT]
> I then type, in the R console,
>> dynload("myfile.dll")[HRT]

What is `dynload', and what does [HRT] mean?

> And R hangs.

Are you sure?  It is more likely that your DLL's initialization code 

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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