Thread: Don't understand part of the source... Help!

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    Don't understand part of the source... Help!

    Hello, I'm new in this forum so I hope i'm within the rules :P

    Anyways... about the part of the code that I don't understand. It comes from gtkmozembed and many other open sourced ... source.

    They would define something like :
    GTKMOZEMBED_API(void)   gtk_moz_embed_close_stream     (GtkMozEmbed *embed);
    and above it, they would have a macro:
    #define  GTKMOZEMBED_API(type) type
    Now... I understand the macros...

    But... Where's the rest of the function??

    How does it know what to do if we type:

    I have scanned & used the search on all of the source files, and I can't seems to find a link for it...

    Another source file that I can relate to is the source of salamander:

    in main.h, there's a definition for a function
    void create_menu(geckobrowser *mozzie);
    But I can't find the rest of the function, not in main.c, not in the included files, not in anything.

    Is it a type of overloading?

    if so, where's the original function?

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    Judging by the name of the functions, they are probably part of the Gecko engine and GTK, two cross-platform libraries. The compiler (well, the linker) links to a pre-compiled library containing the code for those functions, probably with a command line like this:
    $ g++ *.cpp -lgtk -lgecko
    If you want access to the source code for those functions, try downloading those libraries. If you just want to compile that program, figure out the command line you need. You may need to download the libraries anyway.

    To create a (static) library, one compiles (but doesn't link) a bunch of source files. Then you use the ar command to create a .a archive:
    ar r libmylibrary.a *.o
    Then you can use that library with GCC or g++:
    $ g++ *.cpp -L. -lmylibrary
    -L. adds the current directory to g++'s library search path.

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