[Rcpp-devel] Re-using C++ code from a package with modules and defining linker flags using Rscript

Jelmer Ypma jelmerypma at gmail.com
Mon May 16 14:00:11 CEST 2011

Hi Dirk,

thanks for your reply.

> PS Also try
>   -e "QuadFunc:::CxxFlags()")
>   instead of
>   -e "library(QuadFunc); QuadFunc:::CxxFlags()")
>   as the ::: finds unexported symbols, that usually works from unloaded
>   packages too.

It works for unloaded packages that don't use modules. Since QuadFunc
uses modules, this results in an error

> Rscript -e "QuadFunc:::CxxFlags()"
Error: .onLoad failed in loadNamespace() for 'QuadFunc', details:
  call: value[[3L]](cond)
  error: failed to load module QuadraticFunctionModule from package QuadFunc
Execution halted

whereas loading the library first doesn't

> Rscript -e "library(QuadFunc); QuadFunc:::CxxFlags()"
Loading required package: methods
Loading required package: Rcpp

Perhaps I'm mis-using modules and should change something in my
NAMESPACE or in R/zzz.R to get rid of this error? You can get the same
error using Rcpp.package.skeleton( 'testmodA', module=TRUE ) (see the
first email).

> And because of LinkingTo: QuadFunc you may not need the CxxFlags.

This is correct in this case. If another package links to QuadFuncVec,
then I think the dependencies become a bit more complicated (but I
might be mistaken here). Either the new package needs to add QuadFunc
to the LinkingTo: field, or QuadFuncVec:::CxxFlags() should return the
flags of all its dependencies. In this case I would choose to
implement QuadFuncVec:::CxxFlags() returning its own flags and those
from QuadFunc:::CxxFlags(). That way the user has to worry a bit less
about dependencies. At least, that was what I came up with after some
experimentation yesterday.

Are the LinkingTo: fields obtained for the current package only, or
also the LinkingTo: fields of the packages it links to also included?
E.g. packB has LinkingTo: packA, packC has LinkingTo: packB. Are the
include paths of packA automatically added to packC? That would make
the CxxFlags() unnecessary in this case.


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