Re: Static Member Function - Function Pointer

=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Daniel_Kr=FCgler?= <>
Wed, 14 Apr 2010 17:40:59 CST
On 14 Apr., 20:21, ses <> wrote:

I apologize if this is the wrong forum, since it's specific to VMS.
If anyone can suggest a better forum, I'll be happy to throw the
question across.

Anyways, trying to do a Loki port to VMS and came across a problem
with using static member functions as arguments to C functions,
specifically atexit.

//This is the example I used to figure out what's going on

#include <iostream>

You should include <cstdlib> here.

struct S
  static void atexitMethod()
     std::cout << "atexitMethod" << std::endl;


int main()

You should use std::atexit here.


The gnu compiler deals with this like a champ. The HP compiler on VMS
spits out an error messages that says that the argument to atexit -
(void (*)()) does not match (void (*)() C).

Has anyone come across this and is there a way to get the compiler to
recognize a static member method as a normal C function pointer?

I occasionally stumbled across this as well. Nevertheless
this is due to an incorrect library implementation or
incorrect configuration between library and compiler.
The reason why this must be well-formed is based on the
specification in []/3 (C++03) or
[support.start.term]/4 (C++0x working draft N3090):

extern "C" int atexit(void (*f)(void));
extern "C++" int atexit(void (*f)(void));

The meaning of these declarations is that the std::atexit
overload of the first form shall accept a pointer to
a function of C language linkage and the second form
shall accept pointer to a function of C++ language
linkage. The linkage-specification of S::atexitMethod is
required to be C++ language linkage. A library is not
required to provide both forms, but the effects must
be the same. You may want to test whether the strange
compiler/library compiles the following program

extern "C" int foo(void (*)());
extern "C++" int foo(void (*)());

struct S {
   static void g();

int main () {

HTH & Greetings from Bremen,

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