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From Matthieu Imbert <>
Subject Re: AW: undefined references to VERSION_MASK and VERSION_1
Date Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:31:15 GMT
On 07/28/2011 03:19 PM, Matthieu Imbert wrote:
> Hi Gautam and all,
> I have the same issue: when compiling a thrift client with g++ 4.6.1
> (debian testing) and the latest thrift from the subversion, i get
> messages about undefined references to VERSION_1 and VERSION_MASK
> For example:
> /usr/local/include/thrift/protocol/TBinaryProtocol.tcc:35: undefined
> reference to
> `apache::thrift::protocol::TBinaryProtocolT<apache::thrift::transport::TTransport>::VERSION_1'
> I know this particular client was compiling correctly 1 year ago (with a
> different gcc and thrift version).
> But isn't it normal that the linker complains? since VERSION_1 and
> VERSION_MASK are *declared* in TBinaryProtocol.h, but never *defined*.
> I'm far from being a c++ expert, but i think that even if you're allowed
> to declare a static const integral value in a class header, you're still
> supposed to define it somewhere so that it exists in an object file?

Actually, declaring a static const integral in header is sufficient if 
the compiler does not need its address. See for example Stroustrup faq

So the code should compile fine.

I also tried to compile with various g++ version:

g++ 4.4.6: OK

g++ 4.5.3: OK

g++ 4.6.1: complains about undefined reference to 

and undefined reference to 


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