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From Randy Abernethy>
Subject Re: Advice for a possibly unique Thrift build environment?
Date Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:55:58 GMT
Hey Chris,

Yes, configure gens the config.h on *.nix.

thrift@ubuntu:~/thrift$ head config.h
     /* config.h.  Generated from config.hin by configure.  */
     /* config.hin.  Generated from by autoheader.  */

     #ifndef CONFIG_H
     #define CONFIG_H

     /* Define if the AI_ADDRCONFIG symbol is unavailable */
     /* #undef AI_ADDRCONFIG */

On Windows there is a static config.h which should be used (you will
suffer mightily if you try to use a Linux config on Windows [not that I
have, er, tried...]):

thrift@ubuntu:~/thrift$ tail lib/cpp/src/thrift/windows/config.h
    // windows
     #include <Winsock2.h>
     #include <ws2tcpip.h>
     #ifdef _WIN32_WCE
     #pragma comment(lib, "Ws2.lib")
     #pragma comment(lib, "Ws2_32.lib")
     #pragma comment(lib, "advapi32.lib") // For security APIs in
     #endif // _THRIFT_WINDOWS_CONFIG_H_

The above config should be included when _WIN32 is defined per below:

thrift@ubuntu:~/thrift$ tail -5 lib/cpp/src/thrift/thrift-config.h
     #ifdef _WIN32
     #include <thrift/windows/config.h>
     #include <thrift/config.h>

...and the whole thing starts here:

thrift@ubuntu:~/thrift$ head -29 lib/cpp/src/thrift/Thrift.h | tail
     #ifndef _THRIFT_THRIFT_H_
     #define _THRIFT_THRIFT_H_ 1

     #include <thrift/transport/PlatformSocket.h>

     #include <thrift/thrift-config.h>

     #include <stdio.h>
     #include <assert.h>

Further, be advised that there is a Visual Studio solution for libthrift
and libthriftnb here:
thrift@ubuntu:~/thrift$ ls -l lib/cpp/*.sln
-rw-rw-r-- 1 thrift thrift 3625 Jun 22 14:41 lib/cpp/thrift.sln

This solution is a good place to figure out what you might need to be
building (and
not bad for building the libs/dlls should you change tack).

The thrift build system is slowly migrating to cmake, which is particularly
Windows friendly. This:

thrift@ubuntu:~/thrift$ cmake .
thrift@ubuntu:~/thrift$ make

will build the compiler and C++ libs on Linux. Do not think cmake is
tweaked to
run on Windows directly yet though. Roger has posted some nice notes here:

Also there is a pre built thrift compiler for Windows here:

Hope this helps,

P.S. I am faking this until someone who knows what they're talking about,
like Roger or Jake, steps in...

On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 1:15 PM, Chris Seto <> wrote:

> Hi Randy,
> Thanks, this is exactly the information I needed. For clarification, it
> looks like I obviously need the directory: thrift-0.9.2\lib\cpp\src\thrift
> , though is there anything else that might be more obscure?
> The second question I have is in regards to the config.h file. This file
> is included by thrift-0.9.2\lib\cpp\src\thrift\thrift-config.h, and it is
> not normally present in the source tree. It looks like it's probably a
> product of ./configure. What's the best way to get this file? Should I
> simply ./configure on my Linux target, then copy the file over and edit, or
> is there a better way?
> Otherwise, the process seems fairly typical. The config file was the big
> catch when I tried to include boiler plate files off the bat.
> Also, thanks Jens as well. I looked through the tutorials quite a bit, but
> the issue was that they don't talk a lot about including the Thrift library
> files into your project, only about using the IDL format.
> ======
> Chris Seto
> ======
> On 6/23/2015 12:51 PM, Randy Abernethy wrote:
>> Hi Chris,
>> I often build Thrift C++ apps on Windows without precompiled libs. The
>> first time I did it I just added the obvious cpp files from the thrift cpp
>> lib to my project, built, read through the linker errors, grepped around,
>> added some more cpp files, and so on. It is pretty easy to pull together
>> the necessary cpp source for a client, a bit more work for a server but
>> certainly doable. You learn a lot in the process too. Once you have the
>> boilerplate list of files you generally depend on it is pretty routine.
>> Makes debugging easy too, no need to configure debug and release libs,
>> never any problems with the IDE figuring out where the source is when you
>> want to step into code, etc. I also found building some dependencies on
>> windows rough, in particular libevent. It was much easier to just compile
>> the bits of lib event I needed without trying to make the entire thing
>> work.
>> At the end of the day I use static libs most of the time but just want to
>> let you know that compiling the Thrift sources into your executable
>> directly is no big hardship on any platform.
>> Best,
>> Randy
>> On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 11:04 AM, Chris Seto <>
>> wrote:
>>  Hi all,
>>> I am a beginner to the Thrift framework, and I'm looking into using
>>> Thrift
>>> on a project which is half embedded (actually C++ on embedded Linux) and
>>> half C#. Obviously the C# side is standard affair, so I'm not worried
>>> about
>>> it at all.
>>> On the embedded side, I am running a little embedded Linux computer
>>> running Angstrom Linux. While I can build either natively or on a desktop
>>> Linux target, I actually have been cross compiling my application on my
>>> Windows machine With the GCC-Linaro toolchain.
>>> Obviously, I can run the thrift compiler on my Windows machine, so
>>> generating the subs isn't a big deal.
>>> I'm more wondering how to include the Thrift libraries in the project. I
>>> do have an Ubuntu Linux machine which has Thrift "installed", but what
>>> exactly is the Thrift installation doing, and what is the best way to
>>> include Thrift into my existing C++ project? Is there a clean way that I
>>> could compile Thrift libs on my Ubuntu machine, then link against them on
>>> my Windows build environment? Similarly, would it be possible for me to
>>> simply include the libs as source files in my existing C++ project?
>>> Thanks
>>> --

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