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 cpp(1)                                                               cpp(1)

 NAME    [Toc]    [Back]
      cpp - the C language preprocessor

 SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]
      /usr/ccs/lbin/cpp [option ...] [ifile [ofile]]

 DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]
      cpp is the C language preprocessor which is invoked as the first pass
      of any C compilation using the cc command (see cc(1)).  Its purpose is
      to process #include and conditional compilation instructions and
      macros.  Thus the output of cpp is designed to be in a form acceptable
      as input to the next pass of the C compiler.  As the C language
      evolves, cpp and the rest of the C compilation package will be
      modified to follow these changes.  Therefore, the use of cpp in other
      than this framework is not suggested.  The preferred way to invoke cpp
      is through the cc command, since the functionality of cpp may someday
      be moved elsewhere.  See m4(1) for a general macro processor.

      cpp optionally accepts two file names as arguments.  ifile and ofile
      are respectively the input and output for the preprocessor.  They
      default to standard input and standard output if not specified.

    Options    [Toc]    [Back]
      The following options are recognized by cpp:

      -A             Remove all predefined symbols that begin with a letter
                     and _HPUX_SOURCE.  The user is expected to define
                     _POSIX_SOURCE or _XOPEN_SOURCE when using this option.

      -C             By default, cpp strips C-style comments.  If the -C
                     option is specified, all comments (except those found
                     on cpp directive lines) are passed along.

      -Dname=def     Define name as if by a #define directive.  If no =def
                     is given, name is defined as 1.  The -D option has
                     lower precedence than the -U option.  Thus, if the same
                     name is used in both a -U option and a -D option, the
                     name is undefined regardless of the order of the

      -Hnnn          Change the internal macro definition table to be nnn
                     bytes in size.  The default buffer size is at least
                     8188 bytes.  This option serves to eliminate ``Macro
                     param too large'', ``Macro invocation too large'',
                     ``Macro param too large after substitution'', ``Quoted
                     macro param too large'', ``Macro buffer too small'',
                     ``Input line too long'', and ``Catenated input line too
                     long'' errors.

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 cpp(1)                                                               cpp(1)

      -h[inclfile]   Generates included files and sents the results to the
                     file inclfile.  If the argument inclfile is omitted,
                     the result is sent to the standard error.

      -Idir          Change the algorithm for searching for #include files
                     whose names do not begin with / to look in dir before
                     looking in the directories on the standard list.  Thus,
                     #include files whose names are enclosed in double
                     quotes ("") are searched for first in the directory of
                     the file containing the #include line, then in
                     directories named in -I options in left-to-right order,
                     and last in directories on a standard list.  For
                     #include files whose names are enclosed in angle
                     brackets (<>), the directory of the file containing the
                     #include line is not searched.  However, directory dir
                     is still searched.

      -M[makefile]   Generates makefile dependencies and sends the results
                     to the file makefile.  If the argument makefile is
                     omitted, the result is sent to the standard error.

      -P             Preprocess the input without producing the line-control
                     information used by the next pass of the C compiler.

      -T             HP-UX no longer restricts preprocessor symbols to eight
                     characters.  The -T option forces cpp to use only the
                     first eight characters for distinguishing different
                     preprocessor names.  This behavior is the same as
                     preprocessors on some other systems with respect to the
                     length of names, and is included for backward

      -Uname         Remove any initial definition of name, where name is a
                     reserved symbol that is predefined by the particular
                     preprocessor.  The current list of these symbols

                     Operating system:      unix           __unix

                     Hardware:  hp9000s200     hp9000s300     __hp9000s300
                                hp9000s500     hp9000s800     __hp9000s800
                                hp9000ipc      hppa           __hppa
                                _PA_RISC1_0    _PA_RISC1_1    _SIO     _WSIO

                     UNIX systems variant:  hpux           __hpux
                                            _HPUX_SOURCE   PWB

                     lint(1):   lint           __lint

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                     In addition, all symbols that begin with an underscore
                     and either an upper-case letter or another underscore
                     are reserved.  Other symbols may be defined by the
                     CCOPTS variable or other command-line options to the C
                     compiler at compile time (see cc(1)).  All HP-UX
                     systems have the symbols PWB, hpux, unix, _PWB, __hpux,
                     and __unix defined.  Each system defines at least one
                     hardware variant, as appropriate.  The lint symbols are
                     defined when lint(1) is running.  See DEPENDENCIES.

      Two special names are understood by cpp.  __LINE__ is defined as the
      current line number (as a decimal integer) as counted by cpp.
      __FILE__ is defined as the current file name (as a C string) as known
      by cpp.  They can be used anywhere (including in macros) just as any
      other defined names.

    Directives    [Toc]    [Back]
      All cpp directives start with lines begun by #.  Any number of blanks
      and tabs are allowed between the # and the directive.  The directives

      #define name token-string
                     Replace subsequent instances of name with token-string.
                     token-string can be null.

      #define name(arg, ... , arg) token-string
                     Replace subsequent instances of name followed by a (, a
                     list of comma-separated set of arguments, and a ) by
                     token-string, where each occurrence of an arg in the
                     token-string is replaced by the corresponding set of
                     tokens in the comma-separated list.  When a macro with
                     arguments is expanded, the arguments are placed into
                     the expanded token-string unchanged.  After the entire
                     token-string has been expanded, cpp restarts its scan
                     for names to expand at the beginning of the newly
                     created token-string.

                     Notice that there can be no space between name and the

      #endif [text]  Ends a section of lines begun by a test directive (#if,
                     #ifdef, or #ifndef).  Each test directive must have a
                     matching #endif.  Any text occurring on the same line
                     as the #endif is ignored and thus may be used to mark
                     matching #if-#endif pairs.  This makes it easier, when
                     reading the source, to match #if, #ifdef, and #ifndef
                     directives with their associated #endif directive.

      #elif constant-expression
                     Equivalent to:

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 cpp(1)                                                               cpp(1)

                          #if constant-expression

      #else          Reverses the notion of the test directive that matches
                     this directive.  Thus, if lines previous to this
                     directive are ignored, the following lines appear in
                     the output, and vice versa.

      #if constant-expression
                     The lines following appear in the output if and only if
                     the constant-expression evaluates to nonzero.  All
                     binary nonassignment C operators, the ?: operator, the
                     unary -, !, and ~ operators are all legal in constant-
                     expression.  The precedence of the operators is the
                     same as defined by the C language.

                     There is also a unary operator, defined, which can be
                     used in constant-expression in these two forms:
                     defined(name) or defined name.  This allows the use of
                     #ifdef and #ifndef in an #if directive.

                     Only these operators, integer constants, and names that
                     are known by cpp should be used in constant-expression.
                     In particular, the sizeof operator is not available.

      #ifdef name    The lines following appear in the output if and only if
                     name has been the subject of a previous #define without
                     being the subject of an intervening #undef.

      #ifndef name   The lines following do not appear in the output if and
                     only if name has been the subject of a previous #define
                     without being the subject of an intervening #undef.

      #include "filename"
      #include <filename>
                     Include at this point the contents of filename (which
                     are then run through cpp).  See the -I option above for
                     more detail.

      #line integer-constant "filename"
                     Causes cpp to generate line-control information for the
                     next pass of the C compiler.  integer-constant is the
                     line number of the next line and filename is the file
                     where it comes from.  If filename and the quotation
                     marks are omitted, the current file name is unchanged.

      #undef name    Cause the definition of name (if any) to be forgotten
                     from now on.

      The test directives and the possible #else directives can be nested.
      cpp supports names up to 255 characters in length.

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 cpp(1)                                                               cpp(1)

    Notes    [Toc]    [Back]
      The macro substitution scheme has been changed. Previous versions of
      cpp saved macros in a macro definition table whose table size is
      128000 bytes by default.  The current version of cpp replaces this
      macro definition table with several small buffers.  The default size
      of the small buffers is 8188 bytes.

    Environment Variables
      LC_CTYPE determines the interpretation of comments and string literals
      as single- or multibyte characters.

      LANG determines the language in which messages are displayed.

      If LC_CTYPE is not specified in the environment or is set to the empty
      string, the value of LANG is used as a default for each unspecified or
      empty variable.  If LANG is not specified or is set to the empty
      string, it defaults to "C" (see lang(5)).  If any internationalization
      variable contains an invalid setting, cpp behaves as if all
      internationalization variables are set to "C".  See environ(5).

    International Code Set Support    [Toc]    [Back]
      Single- and multibyte character code sets are supported.

 DIAGNOSTICS    [Toc]    [Back]
      Error messages produced by cpp are intended to be self-explanatory.
      The line number and filename where the error occurred are printed
      along with the diagnostic.

 WARNINGS    [Toc]    [Back]
      When newline characters were found in argument lists for macros to be
      expanded, previous versions of cpp put out the newlines as they were
      found and expanded.  The current version of cpp replaces these
      newlines with blanks to alleviate problems that the previous versions
      had when this occurred.

 DEPENDENCIES    [Toc]    [Back]
      The symbols hp9000s700 and __hp9000s700 are not reserved symbols
      recognized by the -U option.  They are supplied to cpp either
      automatically by the compiler, or by the use of a compiler option.
      For example, on a Series 700 system, the command:

           cc -v t.c


           /usr/ccs/lbin/cpp t.c /var/tmp/ctmAAAa29220 -D__hp9000s700
           -D__hp9000s800 ...

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 cpp(1)                                                               cpp(1)

      (Also see the -D option of the cc command.)

 FILES    [Toc]    [Back]
      /usr/include        Standard directory for #include files

 SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

      cpp: SVID2, SVID3, XPG2

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