Thread: Explanation of a Compilation Error Needed

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    Explanation of a Compilation Error Needed


    I'm currently working on implementing a Vector in C. When I compile my Vector.c file, I get the following message:

    [Linker Error] undefined reference to 'WinMain@16'

    What does this mean exactly? My file is just a bunch of functions based off of a Vector.h header file. There is no main in it. Does that have something to do with it? I'm sure this is answered somewhere on this site, but I couldn't find anything.

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    if you're trying to compile your file as a header you have to use the .h extension. If you compile as a .c extension, it's going to look for a main() function. I'm not quite sure what you're asking about, I hope I helped.

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    > [Linker Error] undefined reference to 'WinMain@16'
    It means you're compiling your console app (which begins with main) as a windows app (which begins at winmain)

    Go change your project to compile as a console app

    Yes, this has been discussed many times before
    If you dance barefoot on the broken glass of undefined behaviour, you've got to expect the occasional cut.
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