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I'm trying to compile a program with gnome-libs, that uses True and False, in one of the arguments. But what header file defines them?

I'm getting the following error:

guignome/guignome.c: In function ‘gui_MenuBarEntryShown’:
guignome/guignome.c:1060: error: ‘False’ undeclared (first use in this function)
guignome/guignome.c: In function ‘creategw’:
guignome/guignome.c:1309: error: ‘True’ undeclared (first use in this function)
guignome/guignome.c:1319: error: ‘False’ undeclared (first use in this function)

This is one portion of code where this error occurs:

    if (optvaltext!=NULL) {
      if (strcmp(optvaltext,wme->menuentry->optvalue)) {
      } else {

    }; /* optvaltext!=NULL */

The file only includes gnome.h and glade.h:

#include <gnome.h>
#include <glade/glade.h>


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This almost certainly belongs on SO – Michael Mrozek Oct 3 '10 at 9:31
up vote 2 down vote accepted

If you really meant TRUE and FALSE then /usr/include/glib-2.0/glib/gmacros.h has

#ifndef FALSE
#define FALSE   (0)

#ifndef TRUE
#define TRUE    (!FALSE)

If you meant something else, you'll need to specify what you mean by gnome-libs more precisely.

added a pretty reasonable guess

The macros you are lacking are not defined within GTK anything, and the Elv* booleans appear to be an enumerated type in the Elvis Text Editor:

enum {ElvFalse, ElvTrue} ELVBOOL;

I suspect this code was borrowed from some other codebase and lost its headers. Unsurprisingly, this makes ElvFalse equivalent to 0 and ElvTrue equal to 1 (at least in the Southern Hemisphere, I hear things are backwards up North).

Given the prototype:

void gtk_menu_item_configure(GtkMenuItem *menu_item,
         gint show_toggle_indicator,
         gint show_submenu_indicator);

the values 0 and 1 seem like pretty good guesses as to the value of the constants.

added in response to comment

From elvis-2.2_0/doc/bugs.txt:

/ Elvis' BOOLEAN and data type may clash with a standard one. Change its name, and the names of the True and False values.

Where the / is the author's flag "that I believe it has been solved." Which is peculiar when there appears

... ElvFalse,False)

in the code. But more troublesome still is in guignome/README.gnome (dated October 2003):

The Gnome/GTK+ GUI extension to Elvis is being written by David Alan Gilbert (elvis@treblig.org). It is very much in it's development stages!

I cannot build Elvis 2.2 on Unbuntu Maverick for different defects than you report (in guix11) and the latest Debian/Ubuntu repositories carry no Gnome version of elvis only X11. As the main Elvis page was last updated two years ago, I doubt the Gnome version ever worked or works with modern Gnome.

That said, there's no harm in trying

#define False (0)
#define True (!False)

but I'm not sure that will get you far.

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OK, i clarified my question. – polemon Oct 2 '10 at 16:39
Yeah, it's Elvis I'm trying to compile, but it's not ElvFalse and ElvTrue that's causing the problems, it's False and True. Couldn't I simply reassign the values in one of the headers? – polemon Oct 3 '10 at 3:16
Great! that solved the issue, and I believe I'm only a few steps away from finishing the compile. guignome/guignome.o: In function 'gui_KeyPress': guignome.c:(.text+0x2ec3): undefined reference to 'elvprint'. I greped the whole code base for elvprint and there is no definition for it. Any ideas? – polemon Oct 3 '10 at 18:47

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