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Re: C-pointers from Mathematica


> I want to use Mathematica to transform a nonlinear PDE to its equivalent
> finite difference expression under a particular discretization scheme, and
> finally export the result to a C source file.
> I manage to do the first part of the job but the problem arrives when
> translating Mathematica variable to C-program pointers.
> I want to transform T[x] -> * (profile + i), meaning that the value of "T"
> at point "x" (inside Mathematica) is equivalent to the "i-th" value in
> pointer "profile" (inside file.c).
> Because Mathematica doesn't allow me to use the C-pointer sign * that way, I
> thought replacing T[x] by a string would solve the problem (
> T[x]->"*(profile+i)" ) but this does not work because, as soon as I apply
> CForm to the result, the string symbol "..." is kept inside the expression I
> would like to write in file.c :
> T[x]/.T[x] -> "*(profile+i)"
> CForm[%]
> Does anyone know how to overcome this difficulty?

I have done similar things, and for everything where the syntax is just
not available in Mathematica, I found it easiest to work with string
pattern matching of the resulting code. Here is an example:

expr = T[5] - T[4]

  "T(" ~~ x : (Except[")"] ..) ~~ ")" :> "*(profile + " <> x <> ")"

On the other hand I don't really see that why you want to address your
array with pointer arithmetic, from all I remember from C you could just
as well use array syntax, which would probably be easier generated from
a Mathematica expression -- and create C code that is easier to
read/debug. Here is an example of that approach (you need to change T[x]
to T[[x]] to get T[x] instead of T(x) in CForm):

CForm[expr /. T[x_] :> T[[x]]]

You might want to suppress the warning messages with Quiet or by
preventing the evaluation of the expression with something like this:

CForm[Apply[HoldForm,{expr}] /. T[x_] :> T[[x]]]



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