[PD] arguments not passed to an external

Alexandros Drymonitis adrcki at gmail.com
Sun May 25 20:10:37 CEST 2014

I'm building an external (my very first one) and it's working as expected,
only the arguments I type when I create it are not passed and the variables
set to get values from these arguments are set to zero.

The new instance routine prototype is this:
void *tabPowSine_new(t_symbol *s, short argc, t_atom argv)

and in this routine I type the following two lines:
if(argc >= 1) { x->x_frequency = atom_getfloatarg(0, argc, argv); }
if(argc >= 2) { x->x_power = atom_getfloatarg(1, argc, argv); }

but if I create an object like this [tabPowSine~ 220 0.5], the variables
x_frequency and x_power (declared in the object structure) won't get these
values. As soon as I send a signal or float to the respective inlet,
everything works fine.

Also, I get a warning when I type "make" in the terminal, to make the Pd
object, which is:
tabPowSine~.c:60:32: warning: unused parameter 's' [-Wunused-parameter]

Can I just ommint the t_symbol *s?
I'm following Eric Lyon's book for writing externals, and he's passing this
symbol pointer (it is a symbol pointer, right?) to the new instance

Final question, so that I don't send three different emails, is it
preferable to use a table lookup cosine oscillator than using the cos
function in the perform routine? Is there significant difference in the CPU
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