Subject: Re: Passing Lisp objects to through the FLI?
Date: Wednesday 12th November 2008 17:19:48 UTC (over 9 years ago)
>>>>> On Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:59:12 -0800, massung said: > > Is it possible to pass a Lisp object (not a foreign object or a simple > literal ala fixnum/string) to a foreign function and be returned later? I > assume the big concern would be the garbage collector moving (or even > releasing) the memory for the Lisp object, but perhaps #'in-static-area can > help here? > > Basically, there are some functions I'd like to call that accept a void* > for user data. It would be incredibly convenient if I could send a specific > or class instance or struct through the user data and get it back later via > another foreign function call. > > Is that doable somehow? Or, if someone knows a another method, I'm all > ears. ;-) The only kinds of Lisp object that are safe to pass directly to C are static arrays (see http://www.lispworks.com/documentation/lw51/FLI/html/fli-130.htm and http://www.lispworks.com/documentation/lw51/FLI/html/fli-152.htm for ways to do that). For other objects, you need to pass a handle, e.g. an integer with a lookup table as suggested by Luke. -- Martin Simmons LispWorks Ltd http://www.lispworks.com/