How to define a define that defines some defines ?

Discussion in 'C Programming' started by theotyflos, Feb 19, 2004.

  1. theotyflos

    theotyflos Guest

    Hi all,

    I have the following:

    /*--- SNIP ---*/

    typedef struct Argument_s
    char *address;
    int type;
    int length;

    #define Function(F) int F( int ArgCount, ARGUMENT ArgVector[] )

    #define First ArgVector[0]
    #define First_A First.address
    #define First_T First.type
    #define First_L First.length
    #define Second ArgVector[1]
    #define Second_A Second.address
    #define Second_T Second.type
    #define Second_L Second.length
    #define Third ArgVector[2]
    #define Third_A Third.address
    #define Third_T Third.type
    #define Third_L Third.length

    /* do something with First_A */
    /* do something with First_T */
    /* do something with First_L */
    /* do something with Second_A */
    /* do something with Second_T */
    /* do something with Second_L */
    /* do something with Third_A */
    /* do something with Third_T */
    /* do something with Third_L */
    /* etc etc */

    #define Apple ArgVector[0]
    #define Apple_A Apple.address
    #define Apple_T Apple.type
    #define Apple_L Apple.length
    #define Orange ArgVector[1]
    #define Orange_A Orange.address
    #define Orange_T Orange.type
    #define Orange_L Orange.length

    /* do something with Apple_A */
    /* do something with Apple_T */
    /* do something with Apple_L */
    /* do something with Orange_A */
    /* do something with Orange_T */
    /* do something with Orange_L */
    /* etc etc */

    /*--- SNIP ---*/

    The question is: Is there a way instead of writing all those #defines
    for the arguments (First, Second, etc), to write something like:

    #define Arg(n) #define Arg ArgVector[n] \
    #define Arg##_A Arg.address \
    #define Arg##_T Arg.type \
    #define Arg##_L Arg.length

    and define the arguments like this:

    Arg First(0)
    Arg Second(1)
    Arg Third(2)
    Arg Apple(0)
    Arg Orange(1)

    Thanks in advance everyone.
    theotyflos, Feb 19, 2004
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  2. No. The preprocessor is a one-pass utility. It is impossible for it to
    #define its own directives.
    Joona I Palaste, Feb 19, 2004
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  3. theotyflos

    Dan Pop Guest

    But it (usually) can be invoked twice, the second invocation processing
    the output of the first one. However, I have yet to find a *good*
    reason for this approach...

    Dan Pop, Feb 19, 2004
  4. Looks like a better design is to have a function that
    accesses the structures:
    void Set_Arguments(struct Argument_s * arg,
    char * address,
    int type,
    int length)
    arg->address = address;
    arg->type = type;
    arg->length = length;

    One could "Take it up a notch" by using constant identifiers:
    #define APPLE 0
    #define ORANGE 1
    #define WATERMELON 2

    struct Argument_s fruits[5];

    /* ... */
    Set_Arguments(&fruit[APPLE], "hello", 1, 25);

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