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From: Kevin Killingsworth (kk71878_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-03-11 16:59:51

I originally posted a problem on the group about getting Boost.Python
libraries working within an embedded interpreter in a C++ program... I feel
like I may have gotten closer to a solution. I think perhaps the best
option is not to create a shared library to import from the interpreter, but
actually create the library within the C++ source of the parent program
(this is actually more desirable for me since my C++ datamodel resides here
anyway.) At any rate, here's what I've come up with...

I found this piece of code out on a website
( and placed it in my code, it

/* now a method we need to expose to Python */
long inc(long i) {
  return ++i;

/* and the magic that exposes it - a builtin module */
/* first, the wrapper function */
static PyObject *py_inc(PyObject *self, PyObject *args)
  long i;
  if (!PyArg_ParseTuple(args, "l", &i))
    return NULL;
    return Py_BuildValue("l", inc(i));

/* now the module's function table */
static PyMethodDef genius_methods[] = {
  {"inc", py_inc, 1, "a silly example method"},
  {NULL, NULL} /* sentinel */

/* Python will call this when the module is imported */
void init_pyextension()
  Py_InitModule("genius", genius_methods);

And after my Py_Initialize() call, I run the init_pyextension() function and
it's ready. From within my embedded interpreter, I can do the following

>>>from genius import *

I noticed that in Boost.Python's module_builder.cpp file, the last
definition is as follows:

PyMethodDef module_builder::initial_methods[] = { { 0, 0, 0, 0 } };

So, I guess the Boost.Python library is assigning methods in a different
(probably more dynamic) way. Right? So, how can we translate the above
code into something we can use in Boost.Python?


--Kevin Killingsworth

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