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Re: C++ const and mathlink

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  • Subject: [mg85711] Re: C++ const and mathlink
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 07:09:56 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Uni Leipzig
  • References: <fpdudl$qs5$>
  • Reply-to: kuska at


as you pointed out:
"The documentation and examples are very C
 > friendly but not so much for C++."

because MathLink is for C, it work with C++, but
it is C and compatible with C compilers. So you will
not be able to tell a C library, that it should
understand the C++ const keyword because that are
different languages.

And "The practical cost is that" you have to remove the
const keyword from your arrays in you code.


Art wrote:
> I am writing mathlink wrappers for a C++ library on 6.0.1, Linux
> x86-64. I have a single .tm with no C++ code and a .cpp file. I am
> confused about the usage of const in several places:
> 1. Functions such as MLPutReal64List and MLEvaluate don't have const
> arguments. Is there any way to change their declaration through a
> define such as MLCONST in mathlink.h so that they are more const
> friendly.  It seems like most of mathlink functions have const's in
> the declarations. I am wondering why these don't. Do they change their
> arguments? Is it safe to const_cast<>? The practical cost is that I
> have to instantiate array copies before returning them.
> 2. Can mprep generate declarations that have const's when using C++?
> If I define functions with const variables in my .cpp file, then I get
> link errors as the mprep generated declarations don't match. I've
> tried variations of mprep -prototypes (default on my system) and
> noprototypes, declaring my functions in the .tm file with consts like
> in the example, with no luck.
> Also, mprep leads to linker errors unless I set CC=g++.
> What is the correct way? The documentation and examples are very C
> friendly but not so much for C++.
> - Art

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