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August 28th, 2007, 05:54 PM
hi ,

looking at at problem here when compiling a program using gcc4.1.2 on ubuntu
error: macro "va_start" requires 2 arguments, but only 1 given

I am using stdarg.h using the following flags

-Wno-deprecated -DHAVE_VPRINTF -DUSE_STDARGS -D__STDC__ -fno-access-control -fPIC -Wall -fpermissive

I get the following error message
error: expected declaration specifiers before ‚va_dcl‚
error: macro "va_start" requires 2 arguments, but only 1 given
error: expected ‚=‚, ‚,‚, ‚;‚, ‚asm‚ or ‚__attribute__‚ before ‚{‚ token

Any one know a work around or flag I am missing .

August 28th, 2007, 06:30 PM
My guess is that you are using the old posix varargs.h implementation. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stdarg.h#.3Cvarargs.h.3E

August 29th, 2007, 10:48 AM
I have compiled a sample program ..
and it looks like it is picking up the gcc4.1.2/stdarg.h# 1 "test.c"

# 1 "<built-in>"
# 1 "<command line>"
# 1 "test.c"
# 1 "/usr/lib/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/4.1.2/include/stdarg.h" 1 3 4
# 43 "/usr/lib/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/4.1.2/include/stdarg.h" 3 4
typedef __builtin_va_list __gnuc_va_list;
# 105 "/usr/lib/gcc/i486-linux-gnu/4.1.2/include/stdarg.h" 3 4
typedef __gnuc_va_list va_list;
# 2 "test.c" 2
int summate (int n, ...)
va_list ap;
int i = 0;

for (; n; n--)
i += __builtin_va_arg(ap,int);
return i;

Also I have diverted the varargs.h to use stdargs.h

My varargs.h file has the following :

#ifdef __STDC__
#include <stdarg.h>
#include <varargs.h>

Any other ideas as i have ran out work arounds myself .

August 29th, 2007, 02:17 PM
Maybe I was being unclear. You gave no code in this post, all I had for information was:

error: macro "va_start" requires 2 arguments, but only 1 given

The posix va_start took one argument, the standard va_start takes two. The problem is not in including the wrong header, but in your usage of va_start. This is why I referred you to the wikipedia article, so you can convert your usage from old style to new.

va_start takes for parameters(int, va_list). You seem to have it backwards in your code snippet.