how do I let #define defines a macro

Discussion in 'C Programming' started by badc0de, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. badc0de

    badc0de Guest


    a header file of one of my project has macro definitions like this
    (for example)

    #define PART_A_SORT_1_LABEL_STRING1 100
    #define PART_A_SORT_1_LABEL_STRING2 200
    #define PART_A_SORT_1_LABEL_STRING3 300
    #define PART_A_SORT_1_LABEL_STRING4 400
    #define PART_A_SORT_1_LABEL_STRING5 500

    #define PART_A_SORT_7_LABEL_STRING1 1100
    #define PART_A_SORT_7_LABEL_STRING2 3200
    #define PART_A_SORT_7_LABEL_STRING3 2300
    #define PART_A_SORT_7_LABEL_STRING4 1400
    #define PART_A_SORT_7_LABEL_STRING5 6500

    so, I tried to make a Macro defines another macros like this.

    #define MY_DEFINE(PART_SORT, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5) \
    #define PART_SORT##_LABEL_STRING1 C1 \
    #define PART_SORT##_LABEL_STRING2 C2 \
    #define PART_SORT##_LABEL_STRING3 C3 \
    #define PART_SORT##_LABEL_STRING4 C4 \
    #define PART_SORT##_LABEL_STRING5 C5

    yeah, I thought the first ugly, big bulk of definitions will be
    compacted like this.

    MY_DEFINE(PART_A_SORT_1, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500)
    MY_DEFINE(PART_A_SORT_7, 1100, 3200, 2300, 1400, 6500)

    but I found #define treats '#' and '##' special. ## concats, # makes

    Now I guess you know what I'm trying to do.

    Is there WAY to achieve this? or
    REASON why I cannot?

    badc0de, Oct 1, 2007
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  2. #define MY_DEFINE(PART_SORT, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5) \
    The expansion of a macro may not generate a preprocessor directive
    even if the expansion looks like one.
    No - not in normal C.
    Once you generate the preprocessor directive using the preprocessor,
    it's too late to interpret it as a preprocessor directive. Unless
    you manage to run things through the preprocessor TWICE. This is
    likely to cause other problems and there's no guarantee that the
    preprocessor is a separate program that can accept its own output
    as input. In actual practice you can probably get away with it.

    If you want to pre-process C files before compiling them, there are
    better macro languages than the C preprocessor. m4 might be better
    for what you want. This, of course, requires some adjustment in
    your build procedure. Some programs used to process input to produce
    C code (such as the Oracle Pro*C compiler, yacc, and early versions
    of C++) can do some really exotic things to the source code.
    Gordon Burditt, Oct 1, 2007
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  3. badc0de

    badc0de Guest

    Yes, that's it. So it was..
    I can clearly understand now.
    Thank you.
    badc0de, Oct 1, 2007
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