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icon5.gif  Compiler starts linking after first source file [message #1726748] Wed, 16 March 2016 07:29 Go to next message
Gerard van den Bosch is currently offline Gerard van den BoschFriend
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Registered: March 2016
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I am trying to compile a project with a crosscompiler.
I have created a new C project with crosscompiler option and configured the location of my crosscompiler.
The make file is generated by eclipse.

I have added several subfolders with C source files.

When I start compiling it seems that after compiling the first source file it directly tries to link it and then tells me that it can't find "main" function which is in another source file that isn't compiled yet.

Following is my output:
make all 
Building file: ../Setup/BSP.c
Invoking: Cross GCC Compiler
arm-none-eabi-gcc -DDEBUG=1 -DCORE_M4=1 -I"/home/gerard/workspaceluna/segger_testing/Inc" -I"/home/gerard/workspaceluna/segger_testing/DeviceSupport" -I"/home/gerard/workspaceluna/segger_testing/CoreSupport" -O0 -g -Wall -mthumb -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections -mcpu=cortex-m4 -mno-thumb-interwork --specs=nosys.specs -MMD -MP -MF"Setup/BSP.d" -MT"Setup/BSP.d" -o "Setup/BSP.o" "../Setup/BSP.c"
/home/gerard/gcc-arm-none-eabi-4_8-2014q3/bin/../lib/gcc/arm-none-eabi/4.8.4/../../../../arm-none-eabi/lib/armv7e-m/crt0.o: In function `_start':
(.text+0x4a): undefined reference to `main'
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
Setup/ recipe for target 'Setup/BSP.o' failed
make: *** [Setup/BSP.o] Error 1

How can I get my project in a way that it first compiles all C files before it starts linking them?

Re: Compiler starts linking after first source file [message #1726808 is a reply to message #1726748] Wed, 16 March 2016 16:00 Go to previous message
David VavraFriend
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Registered: October 2012
Senior Member
The way to create only an object file from a source file with GCC is to use the -c flag;.

This flag is missing from your compile command so it will compile AND link.
I suppose you are letting Eclipse create the makefile so go to the tool chain settings and add the -c flag.
If for some reason you can't then you'll have to resort to using a custom makefile.

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