[FFmpeg-devel] Inhibit C++ name-mangling for FFmpeg public API

Nicolas George nicolas.george at normalesup.org
Thu Jun 23 19:07:33 CEST 2011

Le quintidi 5 messidor, an CCXIX, Kirill Gavrilov a écrit :
> many C-libraries follow C++ friendly style for their public headers and
> define constructions like this:
> /* Inhibit C++ name-mangling for libavutil functions */
> #ifdef __cplusplus
> extern "C" {
> #endif
> ... library functions ...
> #ifdef __cplusplus
> }
> #endif
> Such defines allows to include C-headers into C++ project without ugly
> declarations like that:
> extern "C" {
>    #include <libavutil/avutil.h>
> }
> This will simplify including FFmpeg in C++ projects and will eliminate
> common mistakes (especially by newbes).
> Is it OK if I prepare the patch that will use this technique?
> Or there are some reasons (politics / religion) why these changes doesn't
> already included in FFmpeg project?

They were removed four years ago after a lengthy flamewar:


Please do not start the flamewar again.

Regarding the question itself, I believe that adding them would give the
impression that we give a damn about c++, and in particular that each change
to the headers is tested for compatibility. This is currently not the case.


  Nicolas George
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