mxGetDimensions returning incorrect values

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I'm having a problem getting a mex file to run properly, and I was able to isolate the culprit as mxGetDimensions. For a matrix with dimensions MxNxL (in MATLAB), the function is returning the dimensions as Mx0xN. The relevant portion of the code follows. It's part of a code that will be run on the GPU but the problem occurs before I even do anything with the GPU.
#include "cuda.h"
#include "mex.h"
#include "math.h"
/*Main mex function*/
void mexFunction(int nlhs, mxArray *plhs[], int nrhs, const mxArray *prhs[])
int L,N,M,dims,gridDim_y,i;
const int *dim_array;
double *vUoldr, *vUoldi, *vUnewr, *vUnewi;
float *fvUoldr, *fvUoldi;
/*GPU variables:*/
float *Uoldr_gpu, *Uoldi_gpu;
/*Find the dimensions of the input cube*/
dims = (int)mxGetNumberOfDimensions(prhs[0]);
dim_array = (const int*)mxGetDimensions(prhs[0]);
M = dim_array[0];
N = dim_array[1];
L = dim_array[2];
printf("%d %d %d %d\n",dims,M, N, L);
In case something in my compilation is the issue here are the commands I'm using to compile:
!/usr/local/cuda/bin/nvcc -c -m64 -arch=sm_30 -Xcompiler -fPIC -I /Applications/
mex -largeArrayDims test.o
and my MATLAB version is 2011a on Mac OS 10.7.4. Any ideas would be helpful as I'm sort of stumped at this point.
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Jan on 21 Sep 2012
Edited: Jan on 21 Sep 2012
@Jake: You use a meaningful title, useful tags (I add some others), you have spent time to isolate the problem and describe it clearly. The question contains the required code, though it is not formatted perfectly (I mark the code and hit the "{} Code" button for the last piece of perfection). You show the compile command, which can be useful for Mex problems and finally you mention the Matlab an OS version. Thanks for asking a good question! +1

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Jan on 21 Sep 2012
Edited: Jan on 22 Sep 2012
This fails on 64 bit machines, which use 32 bit for type INT:
dims = (int)mxGetNumberOfDimensions(prhs[0]);
dim_array = (const int*) mxGetDimensions(prhs[0]);
Better and working under 32 and 64 bit:
const mwSize *dim_array, dims;
dims = mxGetNumberOfDimensions(prhs[0]);
dim_array = mxGetDimensions(prhs[0]); // No casting needed, thanks James

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Malcolm Lidierth
Malcolm Lidierth on 21 Sep 2012
Is N correct? I am rusty with mex but with -largeArrayDims, mxGetDimensions returns size_t results. See MATLAB docs for mwSize


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