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Hi all, Hope this isn't a stupid question. Usually I compile c++ code using the Borland compiler under windows, however recently I've been trying to write some cross platform stuff, compiling under Borland and gcc. Everything was going fine until I took some old code that had compiled fine under Borland. It was a set of partial ports of Java classes to c++. I have three classes: Object, Class and String. Within my Class definition I have the following method:
Class Class::forName(String className){
return Class(className);
}

Upon compiling this with gcc (2.96) I get the following error:
No matching function for call to Class Class (Class).

It appears to be mistaking the type of className, thinking it's of type Class instead of Type String. Interestingly An explicit cast of className to String (return Class((String)className)) does not change anything but a cast to Object changes the error to:
No matching function for call to Class Class (Object)

which is what I would expect. There are a lot of other compile errors at the moment, and it's quite possible that something else is causing the problem, but what really has me stumped is that changing the code to:
Class Class::forName(String className){
return *(new Class(className));
}

solves the problem. I thought that Class() and *(new Class()) should have identical behaviour? Thanks in advance for you help, Enigma edit: html tags [edited by - Enigma on July 23, 2002 1:05:09 PM]

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This is why i stick with plain C...

weird shit, can we get more of the error message?

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yep. wierd.

usually the no matching function error means you don''t have that function you are writing in your header with exactly the same syntax.

the *(new class()) thinger is ultra wierd. i wouldn''t have expected that to solve the problem. anyway, make sure your header file has the correct def of the fctn. beyond that, break out the voodoo dolls and start chanting.

-me

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The full error message (for this error) is:
In file included from java clones/class.h:37,                 from java clones/string.cpp:27,                 from java clones/string.h:411,                 from java clones/class.h:14,                 from java clones/object.cpp:15,                 from java clones/object.h:71,                 from java clones/string.h:24,                 from PSKTimerMark.h:10,                 from PSKSystemTimer.h:16,                 from temp.cpp:1:java clones/class.cpp: In function Class Class::forName (String)'':java clones/class.cpp:21: no matching function for call to Class::Class (Class)''java clones/class.cpp:17: candidates are: Class::Class (String)java clones/class.h:33:                 Class::Class (Class &)

I''m still working my way through the other errors in the hope that I''ll stumble across a reason - no luck yet.

Enigma

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I don''t know what the problem is, but GCC 2.96 is notoriously broken (it was a developer version that never made it to the release because it was broken, but RedHat shipped it for some odd reason). Try a 2.95 or 3.1 and see if that works.

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I''ve tried 3.1 and the problem still occurs.

Oh well - I always knew I''d have to re-write that code at somepoint. I suppose now is as good a time as any!

Thanks for the suggestions,

Enigma

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the full error message layed it out a little clearer for me

you need a copy constructor for Class

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This ugly hack using new introduces a memory leak btw (yes, I know, it''s just messing with the syntax, just preventing that somebody actually uses something like this in real code).

cu,
Prefect

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I tried putting in a copy constructor but it didn''t change anything (I hope I didn''t just mess up the constuctor - I don''t usually use copy constructors). I''ll try adding them to a couple of other classes and see if that makes any difference. Thanks for the suggestion.

Prefect: I''d never actually thought about that! The *(new instance()) was something I tried when I was still very new to c/c++. I don''t use it now because it''s redundant but it''s one of the things I sometimes try if I can''t figure an error out. Thanks for pointing out what should have been blatantly obvious!

Enigma

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You don''t actually need a copy ctor, it would have been
generated by the compiler anyway.
Do you include the right header file, however ? If not,
the compiler will not know what you''re talking about,
and not know if it has to generate a copy ctor, or use
yours if you have one (as it doesn''t know).

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