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Re: Simple MathLink question

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  • Subject: [mg14738] Re: Simple MathLink question
  • From: kevinl (Kevin Leuthold)
  • Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1998 17:53:41 -0500
  • Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
  • References: <7257mf$> <728l6j$>
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A follow up to my own post:

What I stated below is only partly correct.  In particular, the
following paragraph is correct.

>The first is that MathLink encodes its data in a private manner.  This
>wouldn't  be a problem if you were calling MLPutString with
>alphanumeric characters,  since these characters are represented
>literally.  But it does mean that  calling MLPutString on a string with
>backslashes in it won't work.  This  is discussed in the MathLink
>Developer Guide, in the "What's New" section,  in a subsection entitled
>"The Biggest Compatibility Issue".  Instead of  MLPutString in this
>situation, consider using MLPutByteString.

However, the rest of the post is inaccurate.

If you are sending Get["D:\\new.txt"] to Mathematica, using
MLPutFunction and MLPutByteString, then the string will only be parsed
once - by your  compiler.  Mathematica's parser will not see this
string since you are building it up yourself.  So despite my original
post, the following is  correct:

MLPutFunction( stdlink, "Get", 1);
MLPutByteString( stdlink, "D:\\new.txt", 10);

There are situations where a string would be parsed by both your C
compiler  and Mathematica, and so 4 backslashes would be needed for
each pathname  separator.  Here is an example:

MLPutFunction( stdlink, "ToExpression", 1); MLPutByteString( stdlink,
"Get[\"D:\\\\new.txt\"]", 18);

Sorry for any confusion.

Kevin Leuthold
MathLink Group
Wolfram Research

>Jim McGuire <jimm at> writes:

>>I am trying to read in a set of Mathematica definitions which was saved
>>using DumpSave["",{function1,function2,...}] from
>>D:\jimm\svgcn018 directory on my NT PC.  I have been unsuccessful
>>reading it into the MathLink session.  The definitions are very long
>>and I do not relish the thought of importing them using MLPut commands.

>>I tried the following test to see if the link is open.  It shows the
>>proper data is ready to be read by the link

>>   MLPutFunction(stdlink,"Plus",2);                
>>   MLPutReal(stdlink,2.1)  
>>   MLPutInteger(stdlink,2);
>>printf("MLReady = %d\n",MLReady(stdlink));

>>However when I try the following, it shows that there is no data to be
>>read on the stdlink and subsequent attempts to read data hang.

>>   MLPutFunction(stdlink,"Get",1);
>>   MLPutString(stdlink,"\"D:\\jimm\\svgcn018\\\"");
>>printf("MLReady = %d\n",MLReady(stdlink));

>>I have tried issuing Get["D:\jimm\svgcn018\"] from
>>within Mathematica and it works fine.  The desired functions are

>>Many thanks in advance for any assistance.


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