c++ link error: undefined reference to `main'

c++ link error: undefined reference to `main'

I'm using intel 12.0 on RHEL 5.8

I'm trying to build a shared libary that's a mix of C and C++ files. I can't get it to link. Here's the build, and the errors:

-std=c99 -I/opt/crc/R/R-2.15.0-intel/inst/lib64/R/include -DNDEBUG
-I/usr/local/include -fpic -g -O2 -std=c99 -c csemnlm.c -o

icc -std=c99
-I/opt/crc/R/R-2.15.0-intel/inst/lib64/R/include -DNDEBUG
-I/usr/local/include -fpic -g -O2 -std=c99 -c uncmin.c -o uncmin.o

icpc -I/opt/crc/R/R-2.15.0-intel/inst/lib64/R/include -DNDEBUG -I/usr/local/include -fpic -g -O2 -c csem.cpp -o csem.o

-L/usr/local/lib64 -o sem.so csemnlm.o uncmin.o csem.o -g -O2 -lm
-L/opt/crc/R/R-2.15.0-intel/inst/lib64/R/lib -lRlapack
-L/opt/crc/R/R-2.15.0-intel/inst/lib64/R/lib -lRblas -lifport -lifcore
-limf -lsvml -lm -lipgo -lirc -lpthread -lirc_s -ldl
-L/opt/crc/R/R-2.15.0-intel/inst/lib64/R/lib -lR
warning: warning: feupdateenv is not implemented and will always fail
/usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-redhat-linux/4.1.2/../../../../lib64/crt1.o: In function `_start':
(.text+0x20): undefined reference to `main'
make: *** [sem.so] Error 1

the error comes trying to link a to gcc library on the system, my first
guess is that cpc is having troubles doing this ( I've see old postings
to this effect.)

My Second guess would be that I can't us cpc to link c and C++

Any ideas appreciated,


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If you're trying to create a shared library don't you need to use the options -shared -Wl,soname,libsem.so instead of -o sem.so?


Hi Mark,
This is the way that you can create and use shared libs(.so):-

1. Compile the source file(.c or .cpp) example :- icpc -c -fPIC func1.cpp



#include "func1.h"

using namespace std;

int call_func1()


cout<<"static func1 was called";

return 12;


int call_func1();

Then take the object file created (func1.o) and use it in the prescribed way:-



#include "func1.h"

int main()



return 0;

icpc func1.o -shared -o libshare.so
icpc main1.c ./libshare.so //OK
icpc main1.c //main1.c:(.text+0x29): undefined reference to `call_func1()'

This is the way we generally create and use shared libraries. If you have any further doubts please do let me know and i would be happy to help you.

OS used ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

Thanks & Regards,
Sukruth H.V

hi, I am building Gromacs 5.0.4 with intel compilers.

mpiicc -v
mpiicc for the Intel(R) MPI Library 4.1 for Linux*
Copyright(C) 2003-2013, Intel Corporation.  All rights reserved.
icc version 14.0.1 (gcc version 4.4.6 compatibility)

i am using two flag options -nostartfiles -g

i am getting the error :

/usr/lib/gcc/x86_64-redhat-linux/4.4.6/../../../../lib64/crt1.o: In function `_start':
(.text+0x20): undefined reference to `main'

Where is the error coming from?

thanks in advance.

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