[trotts@MIT.EDU: bad line in /usr/include/math.h]

DJ Delorie dj@delorie.com
Thu Jul 20 19:42:00 GMT 2000

Perhaps using #defines for functions is a bad idea?

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Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 22:14:03 -0400
To: cygwin@sourceware.cygnus.com
From: Issac Trotts <trotts@MIT.EDU>
Subject: bad line in /usr/include/math.h

I got a very cryptic error message while compiling a C++ class library
called GiNaC ( http://www.ginac.de/ ) that overloads the function log2 
because of the following sinister line in /usr/include/math.h:

#define log2(x) (log(x) / M_LOG2_E)

I first tried to replace the line with inline versions of log2 for float
and double but
the compiler complained that log2 was being redefined.  So I changed the line

#ifdef __cplusplus
// Do not define log2
#define log2(x) (log(x) / M_LOG2_E)

and now the code compiles.  Btw, I also put the following code:

#ifdef log2
#undef log2

above the line

unsigned log2(unsigned n); 

in the GiNaC header file that originally had the problem, just in case
I get another infected math.h file later on.

- -Issac

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