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Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong. I wrote this static
inline function to test another function and I am getting errors which
make no sense to me.


/* test2.h */

static inline unsigned int test3(unsigned int aValue)
return aValue;

--------------------Configuration: test2 - Win32
error C2054: expected '(' to follow 'inline'
error C2085: 'test3' : not in formal parameter list
error C2143: syntax error : missing ';' before '{'

error C2054: expected '(' to follow 'inline'
error C2085: 'test3' : not in formal parameter list
error C2143: syntax error : missing ';' before '{'
Error executing cl.exe.

test2.exe - 6 error(s), 0 warning(s)

Feb 28 '06
13 31071
* David Lindauer:

"Alf P. Steinbach" wrote:
* jamihuq:
Actually, defining any function as static tells the compiler that the
function can only be used in the file the function was defined in.

Sorry, that's incorrect.

what does it mean if you declare an inline function static?

Rather, what does it mean if you declare a static function inline.

In that case 'inline' serves no other purpose than as a very vague
optimization hint, which a modern compiler is likely to ignore.

However, the reasons I wrote 'incorrect' above were (1) that the
standard has no notion of file whatsoever, and (2) that an inline static
function can be used in every compilation unit in which it is defined
(e.g. by having some common definition of it #include'd).

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is it such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
Q: What is the most annoying thing on usenet and in e-mail?
Feb 28 '06 #11
David Lindauer wrote:

what does it mean if you declare an inline function static?



Declare a function 'static inline' means each definition of the
function is unique and multiple translation units can each have their
own definition of the function and compilation will still work. In the
final executable file, every required copy of the function object code
is included but will be assigned and loaded at different virtual

Feb 28 '06 #12
On Mon, 27 Feb 2006 16:05:01 -0800, jamihuq wrote:
Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong. I wrote this static
inline function to test another function and I am getting errors which
make no sense to me.

--------------------Configuration: test2 - Win32

Try calling it "Text2.cpp" .

- Jay

Feb 28 '06 #13
Thanks to all posters, but I found why I am getting errors. Actually,
Jay, Fei and some others made me look past the code itself. It seems
that MSVC 6.0 isn't update with the latest C standards. GNU C compiler
is updated to understand inline functions.

After I named the files as .cpp I didn't get any errors or warnings.
Thanks to all and I am now ending this topic.


Feb 28 '06 #14

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