2018-11-30 00:16
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I'm just getting started with CGo and I'm trying to send data to a C library that performs statistical computations on arrays of floats/doubles. What I'm trying to figure out right now is how to send an array of floats, or C.double's, to a CGo function that has a signature like this:

double pop_mean(int numPoints, double a[])

I've figured out how to get in the C.int in there, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to send in an array of doubles.

I haven't yet seen any blog posts or SO Questions about this exact thing, so I thought I'd ask.

The following is my best effort so far.

// Get a basic function to work, while passing in an ARRAY  arr := make([]C.double, 0)
arr = append(arr, C.double(10.0))
arr = append(arr, C.double(20.0))
arr = append(arr, C.double(30.0))
var fixedArray [3]C.double = arr[:]

// ptr := C.CBytes(arr)
// defer C.free(unsafe.Pointer(ptr))

coolMean := C.pop_mean(3, &fixedArray)
fmt.Println("pop_mean (10, 20, 30): ", coolMean)

And this is the error I'm getting:

./main.go:64:6: cannot use arr[:] (type []_Ctype_double) as type [3]_Ctype_double in assignment
./main.go:69:35: cannot use &fixedArray (type *[3]_Ctype_double) as type *_Ctype_double in argument to _Cfunc_pop_mean

How should I be passing an array of C.double to the code?

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  • duanmuyao0463 2018-11-30 02:06

    When an array name is passed to a function, what is passed is the location of the initial element. Within the called function, this argument is a local variable, and so an array name parameter is a pointer, that is, a variable containing an address.

    C Programming Language, 2nd Edition

    Slice types

    A slice is a descriptor for a contiguous segment of an underlying array and provides access to a numbered sequence of elements from that array.

    Like arrays, slices are indexable and have a length. The length of a slice s can be discovered by the built-in function len; unlike with arrays it may change during execution. The elements can be addressed by integer indices 0 through len(s)-1. The slice index of a given element may be less than the index of the same element in the underlying array.

    A slice, once initialized, is always associated with an underlying array that holds its elements.

    The Go Programming Language Specification

    Reference: Go Command cgo

    For a slice a, the arguments to the pop_mean(int numPoints, double a[]) C function are len(a), the length of the slice underlying array, and &a[0], the address of the first element of the slice underlying array.

    In Go, we often hide details in a function. For example, a popMean function,

    package main
    import (
    double pop_mean(int numPoints, double a[]) {
        if (a == NULL || numPoints == 0) {
            return 0;
        double mean = 0;
        for (int i = 0; i < numPoints; i++) {
        return mean / numPoints;
    import "C"
    func popMean(a []float64) float64 {
        // This is the general case, which includes the special cases
        // of zero-value (a == nil and len(a) == 0)
        // and zero-length (len(a) == 0) slices.
        if len(a) == 0 {
            return 0
        return float64(C.pop_mean(C.int(len(a)), (*C.double)(&a[0])))
    func main() {
        a := make([]float64, 10)
        for i := range a {
            a[i] = float64(i + 1)
        // slice
        fmt.Println(len(a), a)
        pm := popMean(a)
        // subslice
        b := a[1:4]
        fmt.Println(len(b), b)
        pm = popMean(b)
        // zero length
        c := a[:0]
        fmt.Println(len(c), c)
        pm = popMean(c)
        // zero value (nil)
        var z []float64
        fmt.Println(len(z), z, z == nil)
        pm = popMean(z)


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