"Unable to find an entry point named [function] in dll" (c++ to c# type conversion)


I have a dll which comes from a third party, which was written in C++. Here is some information that comes from the dll documentation:

//start documentation

wchar_t Surname[200];
wchar_t Firstname[200];

Description: Data structure for receiving the function result. All function result will be stored as Unicode (UTF-8).


bool recoCHN_P_Name(char *imgPath,RECO_DATA *o_data);


char * imgPath

the full path of the image location for this function to recognize

RECO_DATA * o_data

data object for receiving the function result. Function return: True if Success, otherwise false will return.

//end documentation

I am trying to call the recoCHN_P_Name from my C# application. To this end, I came up with this code:

The code to import the dll:

    public class cnOCRsdk
    [StructLayout(LayoutKind.Sequential, CharSet = CharSet.Unicode)]
    public struct RECO_DATA{
        [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValTStr, SizeConst=200)]
        public string FirstName;
        [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValTStr, SizeConst = 200)]
        public string Surname;

    [DllImport(@"cnOCRsdk.dll", EntryPoint="recoCHN_P_Name")]
    public static extern bool recoCHN_P_Name(byte[] imgPath, RECO_DATA o_data);

The code to call the function:

            cnOCRsdk.RECO_DATA recoData = new cnOCRsdk.RECO_DATA();

        string path = @"C:\WINDOWS\twain_32\twainrgb.bmp";

        System.Text.ASCIIEncoding encoding = new System.Text.ASCIIEncoding();
        byte[] bytes = encoding.GetBytes(path);

        bool res = cnOCRsdk.recoCHN_P_Name(bytes, recoData);

And the error I'm getting is ""Unable to find an entry point named 'recoCHN_P_Name' in DLL 'cnOCRsdk.dll'." I'm suspecting that I'm having an error in converting a type from C++ to C#. But where exactly ... ?

3/17/2009 6:26:41 AM

Accepted Answer

First make sure the function is actually exported:

In the Visual Studio Command Prompt, use dumpbin /exports whatever.dll

3/20/2014 7:42:12 PM

C# doesn't support C++ name mangling and you either need to declare the C++ functions with

extern "C" {...}

(may not an option if they're from a third party), or call the mangled name directly if you can get it to work. It may be easier to get the third party to provide a non-mangled interface to the functionality.

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