March 15th, 2013, 09:00 AM
Struct with internal linkage
Hi all (long time no see)
I've been wondering about something for a while:
Is it possible to declare a struct/class, in a cpp file, designed for local use, but with internal linkage?
The usecase is that every once in a while, I want to wrap "startXXX+endXXX" function pairs in a simple RAII struct. I just declare the struct in my cpp and use it once.
However, if I do this, (AFAIK), the compiler will generate an entry in the link table, which means I could potentially have link conflicts if I declare the same struct twice in two different cpp files.
Unless I'm mistaken, since the struct is declared in the same cpp that it is used, I wouldn't need external linkage. Is there a way to avoid it?
Is your question related to IO?
Read this C++ FAQ LITE article at parashift by Marshall Cline. In particular points 1-6.
It will explain how to correctly deal with IO, how to validate input, and why you shouldn't count on "while(!in.eof())". And it always makes for excellent reading.
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