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cmd/cgo: exported function doesn't support pointer to array arguments #10889

minux opened this issue May 17, 2015 · 1 comment


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commented May 17, 2015

package p
import "C"
//export F
func F(x *[10] {}
$ go build issue10889.go
# command-line-arguments
./issue10889.go:6:11: Go type not supported in export: [10]_Ctype_int
./issue10889.go:6:11: Go type not supported in export: [10]_Ctype_int

We can't support [10]_Ctype_int as argument, that's for sure, but why
can't we support *[10]_Ctype_int as argument?

I imagine one reason is probably that the C pointer to array layout and
Go's are incompatible, but I don't think that is the case today. Now people
need to resort to passing pointers to Go exported functions, but that also
assumes that the array layout is compatible between C and Go.

@minux minux added this to the Go1.6 milestone May 17, 2015


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commented Oct 16, 2015

C doesn't have array arguments nor pointer-to-array arguments. It just has pointers.
I suppose we could turn Go *[10] into C int**, but there's already Go ** for that.
In general arrays in argument position are not well understood by most C programmers.
Given that there is already an equivalent syntax supported (plain pointers), I'm not inclined
to do anything here.

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