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# Using multiple header and .cpp files

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### #1ChainedHollow  Members

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:54 AM

I am confused and having trouble with using multiple header and .cpp files.
I've done a couple projects and so far I have just put everything in 1 file because I keep having trouble. This time though Id like to really figure this out so Im hoping someone here can explain it to me. Ive researched it online but its not working out and i just dont understand.

I'm using MS Visual Studio C++ 2010 Express.
I've tried several ways of using #ifndef, #define, #endif and no combination has worked, I just keep getting an error "...already defined in Paddle.obj"

I think I get the basic idea, that if the header file has been defined already, ignore it and skip to the bottom(#endif), otherwise define it, but again no way I have done it is working. I'd love to finally learn this and get a good project created in the next couple days.
Thank you!

### #2J. Evola's Apprentice  Members

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:59 AM



/* code goes here */

#endif



### #3Mussi  GDNet+

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:04 AM

[source lang="cpp"]#pragma once[/source]

If that doesn't fix your problem, paste the complete error/errors you're getting.

Edited by Mussi, 17 December 2012 - 04:08 AM.

### #4Brother Bob  Moderators

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:14 AM

Header guards, or any other mechanism to prevent a header from being included more than once, does not prevent multiple definition errors. Clicky; on page two, your error is the fourth pitfall listed.

### #5Celiasson  Members

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:27 AM

One problem that comes to mind is: Do you have any functions global in your files? That is, they are not a part of a specific class in the header files? Otherwise that could be a problem.

The #pragma once and #ifndef #define #endif, only makes sure that a file is included only once, but if you have several declarations of functions globally in the files you will still get definition errors.

Edited by PwFClockWise, 17 December 2012 - 04:40 AM.

### #6Olof Hedman  Members

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:57 AM

My guess is you might have some definitions in your header-file by mistake. (as opposed to just declarations)
Then you easily can get multiple symbols at link, because the symbol will be defined once for each cpp-file that includes it.

Edited by Olof Hedman, 17 December 2012 - 04:57 AM.

### #7landagen  Members

Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:23 AM

As others have said, you defined something and not just declared it. Look for an assignment of a variable ( = ) or if you have a body on a method in your header file. Both of these should not be in your header file. The only exception is when using templates, but that is for another time. If you don't know what templates are then you are not using them and you do not have to worry about it.

Edited by landagen, 17 December 2012 - 09:24 AM.

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