I have several unistd.h files in my Ubuntu Linux. I've one on /usr/include/asm/unistd.h. This file has this directives:

# ifdef __i386__
#  include "unistd_32.h"
# else
#  include "unistd_64.h"
# endif

In that folder, I can find those files (unistd_32.h and unistd_64.h).

But in /usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.31-22/include/asm-generic/ there's another unistd.h that starts with this directives:

#if !defined(_ASM_GENERIC_UNISTD_H) || defined(__SYSCALL)

So, the question is: How can I know which one is loaded? Is there any way to check it in runtime with Java?

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    I don't understand the second half of your question: unistd.h is a C header file; what has it got to do with Java? Sep 7 '10 at 9:34
  • @Riccardo I would like to make some System Calls, that are defined in that file. Sep 7 '10 at 11:48
  • @user1531 Header files are included as the very first step of compilation, so they are not needed at runtime (you can run code on a system that has no compiler or development environment installed). Calling C functions from Java is a topic for an entirely different question - that you seem to have already asked :-) Sep 7 '10 at 12:28

The exact rules followed by the gcc compiler for finding include files are explained at: http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/cpp/Search-Path.html

A quick command-line trick to find out where an include file comes from is the following:1

echo '#include <unistd.h>' | gcc -E -x c - > unistd.preprocessed

Then, if you look at the unistd.preprocessed file, you will notice lines like:

# 1 "/usr/include/unistd.h" <some numbers>

These tell you that the following block of lines (until the next # number ... line) come from file /usr/include/unistd.h.

So, if you want to know the full list of files included, you can grep for the # number lines:

echo '#include <unistd.h>' | gcc -E -x c - | egrep '# [0-9]+ ' | awk '{print $3;}' | sort -u*emphasized text*

On my Ubuntu 10.04 / gcc 4.4.3 system, this produces:

$ echo '#include <unistd.h>' | gcc -E -x c - | egrep '# [0-9]+ ' | awk '{print $3;}' | sort -u

1 Note: The search path for include files is modified by the -I command-line option; so, you should add any -I path arguments to the gcc invocation. Also, if you are compiling a C++ source, you should substitute -x c with -x c++.

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