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Re: [opensuse] C help needed (howto eliminate: warning: ‘shape_names’ defined but not used)
  • From: Andreas Jaeger <aj@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 06:49:17 +0200
  • Message-id: <201009290649.19360.aj@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Wednesday 29 September 2010 06:06:21 David C. Rankin wrote:

This is a simple question, but I've googled and gnu c'ed myself into
confusion on how to declare and make a simple static const char * have
global scope and be available to a different source file without
generating a warning that it is 'defined but not used' in the original
file. Here is what I mean. I have a set of functions and data in files
atm_fn.c and atm_fn.h (atmospheric functions) In atm_fn.h I have:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <math.h>

#ifndef __atm_fn_h__
#define __atm_fn_h__

enum shapes {c172, airfoil, sphere_smooth, sphere_rough, cone, cube45,
cyl_long, airfoil_2, cube, cyl_short, human, plate_flat_3d,
plate_flat_2d };

static const char *shape_names[] = {"c172", "airfoil", "sphere_smooth",
"sphere_rough", "cone", "cube45", "cyl_long", "airfoil_2", "cube",
"cyl_short", "human", "plate_flat_3d", "plate_flat_2d" };

so, every single file that includes this creates space for it - an extra



I use the function in a test file strarray.c. There I have:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <math.h>

#include <string.h>

#include "atm_fn.h"

const char *get_shape(int shp);

const char *get_shape (int shp) {
return shape_names[shp];

When I compile it, I get the warning:

22:50 alchemy:~/dev/prg/ccpp/src-c/prj/test> gcc -o strt -Wall -lm
-std=c99 strarray.c atm_fn.c
atm_fn.h:14: warning: ‘shape_names’ defined but not used

14 static const char *shape_names[]...

I can't figure out how to get rid of the warning -- or whether I
even care. Second, the enum gives no warning. I'm sure that there is a
rule that I don't know that says the enum is fine like this, but what
about the warning on 'shape_names'?

It's a minor waste of memory.

Since there are a number of functions that will access the
'shape_names' array, I don't want to duplicate it. What's the best way
to handle this? Wrap it in a struct (class like) data structure and
declare a new instance in whatever source I'm using it in? Dunno --
that's why I'm asking the smart folks :p

Mark it extern in the header and add it in only one file with the names,
Andreas Jaeger, Program Manager openSUSE, aj@{,}
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