Sorry that should have been:
(cffi:foreign-funcall "srand" :unsigned-int 55 :void)

But the issue happens the same.

On Nov 22, 2012, at 2:41 PM, Sylvain Ageneau <> wrote:

I think there's an issue with void functions, for example:

(cffi:defcfun ("srand" c-srand) :void '(:unsigned-int))

(defun test-srand ()
  "invokes srand function"
  (cffi:foreign-funcall "srand"))


;;; Compiling cffi-test.lisp.
;;; OPTIMIZE levels: Safety=2, Space=0, Speed=3, Debug=0
;;; Compiling (CFFI:DEFCFUN ("srand" C-SRAND) ...).
;;; Compiling (DEFUN TEST-SRAND ...).
;;; End of Pass 1.
;;; Emitting code for C-SRAND.
;;; Error:
;;;   in file cffi-test.lisp, position 415
;;;   at (DEFCFUN (srand C-SRAND) ...)
;;;   * Used @(RETURN 0) in a C-INLINE form with 0 output values
;;; Loading "/Users/sylvain/src/LISP/cffi_ecl/cffi-test.fas"

On Nov 22, 2012, at 11:53 AM, Sylvain Ageneau <> wrote:


I'll try that and report back. Many thanks.

On Nov 22, 2012, at 11:16 AM, Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll <> wrote:

I am attaching a patch for CFFI that allows ECL to build code that does not use dlopen() but rather uses the function symbols as they are know to the C compiler. This is best explained in the code comments, which I reproduce below, and in the example.

The patched CFFI is available at my github account

This is how the example is used

bash-3.2$ ecl -norc
ECL (Embeddable Common-Lisp) 12.7.1 (git:e95fa190ccab10a5dcca791658d7d3ff24a77240)
Copyright (C) 1984 Taiichi Yuasa and Masami Hagiya
Copyright (C) 1993 Giuseppe Attardi
Copyright (C) 2000 Juan J. Garcia-Ripoll
ECL is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; see file 'Copyright' for details.
Type :h for Help.  
Top level in: #<process TOP-LEVEL>.
> (load "build")
To load "cffi":
  Load 1 ASDF system:
; Loading "cffi"

;;; Compiling cffi-test.lisp.
;;; OPTIMIZE levels: Safety=2, Space=0, Speed=3, Debug=0
;;; Compiling (CFFI:DEFCFUN ("sin" C-SINE) ...).
;;; Compiling (DEFUN FF-C-SINE ...).
;;; End of Pass 1.
;;; Emitting code for C-SINE.
;;; Emitting code for FF-C-SINE.
;;; Finished compiling cffi-test.lisp.
;;; Loading "/Users/jjgarcia/build/cffi-static/cffi-test.fas"

 sin(pi) = 1.22464679914735320720000000000000d-16

This is the self-explanatory comment

;;; ECL allows many ways of calling a foreign function, and also many
;;; ways of finding the pointer associated to a function name. They
;;; depend on whether the FFI relies on libffi or on the C/C++ compiler,
;;; and whether they use the shared library loader to locate symbols
;;; or they are linked by the linker.
;;;  :DFFI
;;;  ECL uses libffi to call foreign functions. The only way to find out
;;;  foreign symbols is by loading shared libraries and using dlopen()
;;;  or similar.
;;;  :DLOPEN
;;;  ECL compiles FFI code as C/C++ statements. The names are resolved
;;;  at run time by the shared library loader every time the function
;;;  is called
;;;  :C/C++
;;;  ECL compiles FFI code as C/C++ statements, but the name resolution
;;;  happens at link time. In this case you have to tell the ECL
;;;  compiler which are the right ld-flags (c:*ld-flags*) to link in
;;;  the library.
(defvar *cffi-ecl-method*
  #+dffi :dffi
  #+(and dlopen (not dffi)) :dlopen
  #-(or dffi dlopen) :c/c++
  "The type of code that CFFI generates for ECL: :DFFI when using the
dynamical foreign function interface; :DLOPEN when using C code and
dynamical references to symbols; :C/C++ for C/C++ code with static
references to symbols.")

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