Combining C and C++ code together (Linux)

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    Combining C and C++ code together (Linux)

    Hi,

    I am wondering if it is possible to compile C code in a C++ program? What I am trying to do is to build a parser created from ANTLR V3 with as C being the target language. I am wondering if it is possible for me to combine ANTLR's C code with my C++ program?

    I tried looking for a similar C and C++ combined code compilation thread but cannot seem to find on here -- hence this new topic.

    Thanks in advanced!

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    If the generated C code doesn't use any of the C++ keywords (like class), and doesn't use VLAs, then you can have the compiler pretend it's C++ code (either by renaming the extension or by setting compiler flags) and everybody will be happy. If you want to compile it separately actually in C, then you'll have to do (a bit) more work.

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    Thanks for the quick response.

    Well I am compiling this entirely through g++ compiler ... Someone told me that I can only mix C/C++ code in Windows programming only -- although I am starting to believe this is a myth.

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    You can -llink to an object (compiled from "C" code with gcc) from "C++" code compiling with g++, but you may encounter problems revolving around the use of void*. AFAICT pretty much the same rules apply to including a source file during compilation but they may be a little (more)strict.
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    GCC (g++ et al) will compile C and C++ just fine for any of the platforms that GCC supports. I find it amusing that someone would try to convince you that only Windows programming would allow it. I see a lot of C code wrapped in files with a .cpp extension that GCC/G++ compiles just dandy everyday. Whether you can compile C and C++ code together is more a function of the compiler, not the platform.
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    [32] How to mix C and C++ ..Updated!.., C++ FAQ Lite

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    Just compiling your C code as C++ would be a mistake in the long run. You can still compile the C parts as C, and the C++ parts as C++ and mix everything together at the end.
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