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General tips

Passing #define at calling time

If you want to pass defines but don't want to edit the sources to include the #define's, just call gcc with the -D option:

The following is equivalent to put #define Linux in the source:

$ gcc -DLinux ...

The following is equivalent to put #define OS Linux in the source:

$ gcc -DOS=Linux

Compiling a single object file (without linking)

Just call gcc with the -c option.

Only pre-processing the source code

Just call gcc with the -E option.

Here is where I saw it.


Error specifier-qualifier-list before...

If you get an error like:

In file included from nettest.c:5:
proto-hiware.h:19: error: expected specifier-qualifier-list before 'uint16_t'

see if you have <sys/types.h> (NetBSD) included in the header. If not, the compiler will not recognize uint16_t, which is not part of the language itself.

Error expected class-name before '(' token

For errors like the following:

tlmgui_dievent.h:23: error: expected class-name before '(' token

See if, in this line, there is a destructor. If so, check if its name is the same of the class (a typo when typing the destructor name can generate this problem).

Error multiple definition of

If you are trying to link an application against a static library and you get an error like "multiple definition of" for a global variable that both the library and the application use, it is a good idea to use it in only one place, or see this reference for other possible solutions.

Error expected '=', ',', ';', 'asm' or '__attribute__' before

See if the item before the word that before refers to can be resolved. For example:

bool sectint(double x, double y, struct secteur *sect, int nseg);

The compiler couldn't find bool. So I discovered that bool is not declared for C89. The line above produced the following error:

error: expected '=', ',', ';', 'asm' or '__attribute__' before 'sectint

This page helped me.

Error "integer constant is too large for "long" type"

By default, pre-compiler puts integer macros in "long" (32 bits) regions of memory. If 32 bits are not enough, we need to tell the compiler we need to tell it to allocate the value in a long long, appending "LL" after the constant value:

#define MAX_DIR_SIZE     6442450944LL    // 6 GB in bytes

This page helped me.

Error "error: function definition does not declare parameters"

If you get this error, you maybe used : instead of :: in a function declaration, like:

void Ball:Kick

Instead of:

void Ball::Kick

I saw this in this referece.

Error "expected type-specifier before"

This error can be caused by differente reasons, one of them is that you probably wrote : when g++ expects :: (namespace separator). Check your code again.

Error "two or more data types in declaration specifiers"

Did you forget to add a semicolon after the struct declaration just before the error line is occurring?