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AR# 19240

11.1 EDK - How can I use functions compiled with LibGen in my C++ application?


How can I use functions compiled with LibGen in my C++ application?


Depending on whether the C++ compiler or the C compiler is chosen to compile a source file, the corresponding symbol naming conventions are used. Consequently, if you try to mix and match C and C++ code and use different compilers for both, you will likely run into undefined references, when the references actually exist. In general, the C++ compiler compiles symbols for C++ linkage and the C compiler for C linkage. If you want to mix C++ and C code, you must ensure that your C++ compiler is alerted to the external C linkage by using the extern "C" { } construct. You must wrap the declarations of external C objects within this construct. For standard EDK-provided external references that have declarations in EDK header files, use something similar to the following:

extern "C" {

#include "xparameters.h"

#include "gpio.h"


This forces the compiler to create all references to the entities described within "xparameters.h" and "gpio.h" as C linkage.

AR# 19240
Date Created 09/03/2007
Last Updated 12/15/2012
Status Active
Type General Article