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Re: Beginners q. on aotoconf and automake

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: Beginners q. on aotoconf and automake
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2005 10:30:04 +0200
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Hi Tommy,

* Tommy Nordgren wrote on Fri, Jul 22, 2005 at 08:37:20PM CEST:
> I am trying co set up an open source library based on the GNU  
> Autotools, so it will build a C++ version of the
> library as well.

This sounds like a rather bad idea.  Why do you want to do it?
You can call your C library functions from C++ code.

> I wonder what is necessary to do to support this. My  
> C++ files are defined like this:
> //File test.cp
> #include "test.c"
> Then in the headers I changed the following:
> #ifdef __cpluplus
> #define BEGIN_DECLS extern "C" {
> #define END_DECLS }
> #else
> To this:
> #ifdef __cpluplus
> #  define BEGIN_DECLS
> #  define END_DECLS
> # else
> #  define BEGIN_DECLS extern "C" {
> #  define END_DECLS }
> # endif
> #else

If you need C++ functions to make use of some C++ features, it is
generally advisable to write (a) wrapper class(es) to encapsulate
the C functions, if possible.

> Now I wan't to do necessary modifications to the build
> infrastrucuture to support this.  I obviously need to modify
> and the several instances of to do this.  By
> the way, the library I'm trying to build this way is the GSL
> numerical library.

If you write a C++ wrapper for it (given that none exists already, be
sure to check!), the GSL people would probably be happy to include it
in their software distribution.


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