[LAD] G++ trouble

Fons Adriaensen fons at linuxaudio.org
Mon Nov 16 13:35:30 CET 2020

On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 12:22:54PM +0000, Will J Godfrey wrote:

> In GCC 8.3 doing that in a globally included header actually *creates* a
> multiple definitions error!
> #ifndef GLOBALS_H
> #define GLOBALS_H
> const unsigned int ADD_COLOUR = 0xdfafbf00; fine

Putting a definition in a header file is usually a bad idea.
What you get from this (without 'extern' is a separate copy
in each file that includes the header. GCC 8 will not flag
this as an error.
> extern const unsigned int ADD_COLOUR = 0xdfafbf00; boom!

This normally should not create ADD_COLOUR, just tell the
compiler that it exists somewhere. So this should result
in an 'undefined' error.

If OTOH you get a 'multiple definition' error that would
normally mean there are other definitions as well. Maybe
you had this in a number of files, decided later to make
it a single global, and forgot to delete the originals ?



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