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Basic Information on intf2c

Task: intf2c
Purpose: A C preprocessor, to aid calling C from FORTRAN.
Categories: tools

Intf2c is a C preprocessor for MIRIAD source code, intended to aid the
calling of C code by FORTRAN routines. For most C code, it merely
copies the input to the output. However when it encounters a subroutine
definition in a FORTRAN-like syntax, it translates the subroutine
interface into what would be the appearance of the C routine being called.
This is a system-dependent operation. In particular Intf2c simplifies the
perenial question of what FORTRAN character strings and subroutine names
appear as in a C routine.


  intf2c -s system [-i type] [-r type] [-d type] [-l type] [-p type] [in] [out]

    system: One of "vms","hpux","sun","bsd","trace","alliant","convex",
            "unicos","alpha", "sgi", "linux". No default.

    in:     Input file. Default is standard input.
    out:    Output file. Default is standard output.

    -i,-r,-d,-l,-p Define the C datatype corresponding to FORTRAN
            respectively. The default is "int", "float", "double", "int"
            and "int" respectively.
    -c      Invoke code to convert between FORTRAN and C integers and logicals.

Intf2c and the C preprocessor:

intf2c runs before the C preprocessor. This is good and bad. The
good side of it is that it can produce code that is more machine
independent, as some of the text it includes are later expanded by
the C preprocessor. The bad side of it is that you cannot define
macros which contain unbalanced { and } characters (otherwise
you would screw up intf2c's tracking of the nesting depth) and you
cannot define anything that intf2c would expand as part of a macro, #define
or within a #include file.


As intf2c is a preprocessor of C code, most of the input source looks
like normal C. However, intf2c provides a syntax to describe a routine
interface. Additionally within the routine, you use special notations
when manipulating the dummy arguments.

A routine declaration always starts with the word "fortran" followed
  subroutine sub-name(type arg1, type arg2, ...)


  type function sub-name(type arg1, type arg2, ...)

Here "type" can be any of integer, real, double, complex, logical or
character. sub-name is the routine name (case is unimportant) and
arg1, arg2, etc are names given to the routines dummy arguments.
Character and complex functions are not supported.

For example

  fortran subroutine output(character string)

defines a subroutine "output" which has a single character argument, called
"string". Similarly

  fortran integer function prime(integer n)

defines an integer function "prime" which has a single integer argument, "n".

Within the body of a routine, you access the routine arguments using a
notation suggestive of structs. For argument, arg,
        arg.val         gives the value of arg.
        arg.addr        gives the address of arg.
        arg.len         gives the FORTRAN length of arg, assuming
                        arg is a character string.
        arg.zterm       gives a zero-terminated copy of arg, assuming
                        arg is a blank padded character string. This
                        copy should only be read.
        arg.pad         gives the address of arg. In doing so, it converts
                        arg from a zero-terminated string to one that it
                        blank padded (to arg.len).

Intf2c also generates #define statements for FORTRAN_TRUE and FORTRAN_FALSE,
which are the values that FORTRAN uses to represent .true. and .false.

For example, the following code copies a character string from one character
string to another.

fortran subroutine fstrcpy(character out,character in)

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