On Jan 31, 2006, at 5:59 PM, ara.t.howard / noaa.gov wrote:

> On Wed, 1 Feb 2006, MenTaLguY wrote:
>
>> On Wed, 2006-02-01 at 08:14 +0900, ara.t.howard / noaa.gov wrote:
>>> anyone out there written a parser that makes ruby dl bindings for  
>>> *.h files?
>>> seems like such a beast would exist.
>>
>> Well, you'd need more than just a parser, since you'd often have  
>> to pick
>> up on typedefs and other type information.
>>
>> I wonder whether writing an alternate swig backend or something might
>> work.
>
> that's about what i was thinking too.  the cool thing about it  
> would be that
> you'd end up with 'portable' ruby extension requiring no  
> compilation...
> probably too big for me - i'm waiting for ryan davis to jump on ;-)

I tried to use DL to wrap libc for MetaRuby but found that it is  
lacking necessary features to make it 100% useable (like 64 bit  
integers for stat(2)).  Switching to DL2 adds an unfamiliar  
dependency whereas RubyInline is a familiar dependency.

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