Why am I getting this error ? “unresolved external symbol” [duplicate]


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This is the error I have been getting the whole time and I've been trying to figure out how to fix it but have failed. I am asking if anyone can point me to the right direction.

WorldServer fatal error LNK1120: 2 unresolved externals WorldServer error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: class CItemElem * __thiscall CLinkedItemMgr::GetLinkedItem(unsigned long)" (?GetLinkedItem@CLinkedItemMgr@@QAEPAVCItemElem@@K@Z) referenced in function "private: void __thiscall CDPSrvr::OnLinkedItem(class CAr &,unsigned long,unsigned long,unsigned char *,unsigned long)" (?OnLinkedItem@CDPSrvr@@AAEXAAVCAr@@KKPAEK@Z) WorldServer error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: int __thiscall CLinkedItemMgr::AddLinkedItem(class CItemElem *)" (?AddLinkedItem@CLinkedItemMgr@@QAEHPAVCItemElem@@@Z) referenced in function "private: void __thiscall CDPSrvr::OnLinkedItem(class CAr &,unsigned long,unsigned long,unsigned char *,unsigned long)" (?OnLinkedItem@CDPSrvr@@AAEXAAVCAr@@KKPAEK@Z)

This is the .h

#ifndef __ITEM_LINK__H #define __ITEM_LINK__H class CLinkedItemMgr { private: CLinkedItemMgr(){ m_dwLinkedItemCount = 0;}; ~CLinkedItemMgr(){}; DWORD m_dwLinkedItemCount; public: map<DWORD,CItemElem*> m_mapLinkedItems; static CLinkedItemMgr *GetInstance() { static CLinkedItemMgr instance; return &instance; } int AddLinkedItem(CItemElem *pItem); CItemElem *GetLinkedItem(DWORD dwIndex); }; #endif

this is the .cpp

#include "stdafx.h" #include "ItemLink.h" int CLinkedItemMgr::AddLinkedItem(CItemElem *pItem) { if(!pItem) return 0; m_mapLinkedItems.insert(make_pair<DWORD,CItemElem*>(++m_dwLinkedItemCount,pItem)); return m_dwLinkedItemCount; } CItemElem *CLinkedItemMgr::GetLinkedItem(DWORD dwIndex) { map<DWORD,CItemElem*>::iterator it = m_mapLinkedItems.find(dwIndex); if(it == m_mapLinkedItems.end()) return FALSE; return it->second; }


Your problem is in the cpp here.

#ifdef __ITEM_LINK #include "ItemLink.h"

#ifdef __ITEM_LINK means "only process the code below if __ITEM_LINK is defined"

And in your case, it is <strong>not defined</strong>. It only gets defined when "ItemLink.h" is included, and "ItemLink.h" only gets included if it's already defined. You've prevented either from happening first.

Remove the #ifdef line.


It looks like a linking problem. The compiler knows your class has a function called GetLinkedItem but can't find any definition of that function anywhere. Are you linking properly when compiling your executable? I bet stopping the compiler before linking doesn't trigger any error. (e.g. g++ -c ItemLink.cpp).

i'm going to ask the help of someone who's accustomed to visual studio to elaborate more :D anyway, compiling requires three major steps: 1) applying preprocessor directives, parsing the source code, looking for syntax errors and the like 2) creating an object file from source code (something half-way between source code and executable) 3) linking all the object files making up your project in one executable

your compiling chain fails at the third step. the compiler expects a certain function to be defined in some .cpp (that has become an object file at step 2 of compiling chain) but can't find it anywhere.

and it can't find it because of that #ifdef in the .cpp file, which tells the preprocessor NOT TO INCLUDE your definitions, since __ITEM_LINK is not defined

i see you changed the .cpp in your question by the way


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