On 05/08/16 23:26, Johannes Sixt wrote:
> When refs.c is being compiled, the only mention of enum iterator_selection is 
> in this piece of code pulled in from refs-internal.h (have a look at the 
> preprocessed code):
> typedef enum iterator_selection ref_iterator_select_fn(
>         struct ref_iterator *iter0, struct ref_iterator *iter1,
>         void *cb_data);
> This looks like a forward declarations of an enumeration type name, something 
> that I thought is illegal in C. Am I wrong? (That may well be the case, my 
> C-foo is quite rusty.)

At this point 'enum iterator_selection' is an incomplete type and may
be used when the size of the object is not required. It is not needed,
for example, when a typedef name is being declared as a pointer to, or
as a function returning such a type. However, such a type must be
complete before such a function is called or defined.

> My compiler does not complain (it's gcc 4.8), but I thought I mention it 
> before someone with a pickier compiler stumbles over it...

So, I think this is correct.

Having said that, I would rather the 'enum iterator_selection' be defined
before this declaration. One solution could be to #include "iterator.h"
prior to _all_ #include "refs/refs-internal.h" in all compilation units
(Note it is in the opposite order in refs/iterator.c). Alternatively, you
could put the #include "../iterator.h" into refs/refs-internal.h directly
(some people would object to this).

Ramsay Jones

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