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Instantiate an instance of C++ object via MATLAB Coder

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Maksims Abalenkovs
Maksims Abalenkovs on 1 Mar 2021
Edited: Maksims Abalenkovs on 8 Mar 2021
I have an interesting task. I would like to call a GNU Octave interpreter via MATLAB Coder. I have custom C++ source code that initialises and prepares Octave interpreter. My current problem lies in making MATLAB coder aware of the C++ `interpreter` instance. Please find below by current attempt:
function [status] = inter_c() %#coder
%INTER_C Initialises Octave interpreter
% Initialises Octave interpreter
coder.updateBuildInfo('addSourceFiles', 'inter.cpp');
inter = coder.opaque('octave::interpreter'); % <-- error occurs here
status = 0;
status = coder.ceval('initOctInter', coder.ref(inter));
When I try to generate the resulting C++ code with
codegen inter_c -lang:c++ -args {} -report
It crashes with the following error:
??? Variable 'inter' is not fully defined on some execution paths.
I understand, that I need to let MATLAB coder know all the details of the `interpreter` definition, but I don't know, how to do that correctly. I also tried to direct coder to the relevant header file with
inter = coder.opaque('interpreter', 'HeaderFile', '/opt/local/include/octave-6.1.0/octave/interpreter.h');
But the error remains the same.
The contents of custom C++ code in `inter.cpp` are:
#include <iostream>
#include <oct.h>
#include <octave.h>
#include <parse.h>
#include <interpreter.h>
// Initialises Octave interpreter
int initOctInter(interpreter &inter) {
int status = -1;
// Inhibit reading history file
// Set custom load path
// Initialise interpreter
status = (inter.initialized()) ? 0 : -1;
if (status != 0) {
cerr << "Octave interpreter initialisation failed!" << endl;
// Make interpreter ready to execute
status = inter.execute();
if (status != 0) {
cerr << "Creating embedded Octave interpreter failed!" << endl;
return status;
In C++ this task is achieved as follows:
#include <interpreter.h>
int main(void) {
interpreter inter;
// Initialise Octave interpreter
int status = initOctInter(inter);
if (status == 0) {
// Call compute functions
// ...
// Shutdown Octave interpreter (releases memory)
return 0;
I would appreciate any help and guidance. If possible, would you please direct me to a relevant example? Thank you!
Maksims Abalenkovs
Maksims Abalenkovs on 4 Mar 2021
Changing `coder.ref(inter)` to `coder.wref(inter)` makes Coder crash with another error:
inter_c.cpp:31:10: error: no matching function for call to 'initOctInter'
return initOctInter(&inter);
/Users/mabalenk/repo/git/alc/rascal/oct/inter.h:6:5: note: candidate function not viable: no known conversion from 'octave::interpreter *' to 'octave::interpreter &' for 1st argument; remove &
int initOctInter(interpreter &inter);
But I don't believe this is a correct approach.

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Answers (2)

Shadaab Siddiqie
Shadaab Siddiqie on 4 Mar 2021
From my understanding you want to Instantiate an instance of C++ object. Refer similar answer which might help you.
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Maksims Abalenkovs
Maksims Abalenkovs on 4 Mar 2021
I was hoping to avoid writing custom wrappers to C++ functions. I wanted to call basic interface functions similar to `initOctInt()` and pass them the instance of an object and let native C++ deal with the object methods. But it seems I will still have to go that route. I feel it is too complicated for an average MATLAB user. Time to study your `person` example.

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Darshan Ramakant Bhat
Darshan Ramakant Bhat on 4 Mar 2021
I tried to solve this issue by creating the similar example.
I have mocked up some of the files using my own definition of the interpreter. Please go through the attached code.
I guess you were almost there using coder.wref(), only thing was you need to change your interface to take pointer (*) not as referece (&).
Hope this will be helpful for you.
codegen inter_c -lang:c++ -args {} -report
Maksims Abalenkovs
Maksims Abalenkovs on 8 Mar 2021
Thank you @Darshan Ramakant Bhat for your suggestion. But this is a very intrusive solution, that I would like to avoid for now. I made an inquiry about it on the GNU Octave mailing list. Let's see, what they respond. Otherwise, we will have to take this route ;)

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