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Hi,

I was provided a library (visual studio project) and I want to use it in my Qt(MingW,gcc) project.

The problem is:

-The library headers only compile on visual studio, because they include some visual studio specific headers for some stuff.
Is it safe to create a clean header for my Qt project declaring only the functions I need, leaving all the other useless or VS related stuff I don't need ?

-Using a VS compiled library (.lib) with Qt/MingW,gcc: will it be able to find the functions name inside the compiled library ? I'm afraid VS and MingW use different naming conventions. If the problem occurs, is there a workaround ?

thanks !

source header:

#include <uselessstuff>
#include <VSspecificstuff>

[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]A();[/font]

[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]class B {[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]B();[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]B1();[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]B2();[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]}[/font]

[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]class C {[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]C();[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]C1();[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]C2();[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]}[/font]

[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]D();[/font]

wished header:

[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]class B {[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]B();[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]B1();[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]B2();[/font]
[color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]}[/font]

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I was provided a library (visual studio project) and I want to use it in my Qt(MingW,gcc) project.

The problem is:

-The library headers only compile on visual studio, because they include some visual studio specific headers for some stuff.
Is it safe to create a clean header for my Qt project declaring only the functions I need, leaving all the other useless or VS related stuff I don't need ?

-Using a VS compiled library (.lib) with Qt/MingW,gcc: will it be able to find the functions name inside the compiled library ? I'm afraid VS and MingW use different naming conventions. If the problem occurs, is there a workaround ?

It's possible that the headers you;re talking about are not Visual Studio headers (which really, to me, makes no sense) but are Windows SDK headers. You can probably find those headers from MinGW/GCC and compile the library that way. that's your best bet.

If your library binary was compiled using the Microsoft Visual C++ compiler, it's unlikely that you will be able to link it to objects compiled with GCC's C++ compiler because of C++ runtime ABI mismatch issues, not to mention name mangling.

If your library binary was compiled with Microsoft Visual C, it's possible to use C linkage instead, and the problem may not exist. Experiment.

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