Re: C++

Rolf Magnus <>
Sat, 23 Feb 2008 14:39:48 +0100
Juha Nieminen wrote:

James Kanze wrote:

   can somebody explore me more on Concept of Name Mangling
   used by C++ compilers.

An implementation detail, which varies from one compiler to the

  Which is a shame, really. It hinders C++'s capabilities at creating
shared and precompiled libraries.

There are a lot more things to consider for that than just name mangling.

Either all C++ shared/precompiled libraries and C++ programs in a system
must be compiled with the same compiler, or if several different compilers
are used, they all must use the exact same name mangling system which, as
you say, is often not the case.

  If name mangling was standardized, it would greatly increase the
usability of C++ to create shared and precompiled libraries usable among
different compilers.

  If I'm not mistaken, in the C world name mangling has been long ago
"standardized" (if not de jure, at least de facto),

Even though C wouldn't actually need any name mangling at all, it is in fact
not "standardized", at least not under all systems. I have found that out
lately when I needed to write a DLL for Windows that can be used as a
drop-in replacement for an old one.

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