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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] mpi.h macro naming
From: Jeff Squyres (jsquyres_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-02-21 19:01:48

On Feb 20, 2008, at 9:45 AM, Ben Allan wrote:

>> Our assumption was that if some other package defined these values,
>> they
>> would either likely be coming from the same standard autoconf tests
>> or
>> use the same #define conventions as the autoconf tests. As such, the
>> values that they are #defined to would be the same (and compilers
>> don't
>> whine about multiple #defines of the same macro to the same value
>> -- they
>> only whine if the values are different).
> The particular offending packages in question are indeed using
> autoconf/autoheader, however ompi's defines
> #define HAVE_LONG_LONG 1
> while the others only
> #define HAVE_LONG_LONG
> more ac version madness?

Gaa! Yes, this could definitely be the case. :-(

>> There's two places that would need to be changed:
>> - the relevant parts of OMPI's configure script to *also* define an
>> OMPI_* equivalent of the macro (which will sometimes mean extracting
>> non-public information from the Autoconf tests -- usually a risky
>> proposition because Autoconf can change their internals at any time).
>> The only safe way I can think of would be to AC_TRY_RUN and write the
>> #define'd value out to a temp file. This, of course, won't work for
>> cross-compiling environments, though.
>> - modify to use the new OMPI_* macros.
>> Keep in mind that mpi.h only has a small subset of the #defines from
>> OMPI's configure script. opal_config.h (and internal OMPI file
>> that is
>> not installed) has *all* the #defines; that's what's used to
>> compile the
>> OMPI code base. mpi.h replicates a small number of these defines
>> that
>> are used by OMPI's public interface.
> I will think about this guidance and see what kind of patches and
> alternative patches I can suggest.
> I did not detect autoheader being used in the process of building
> mpi.h; is that correct? it would make some simpler workarounds easier.

Correct. We have in the SVN repository -- it is *not*
automatically generated. We just put the #undef HAVE_LONG_LONG (etc.)
lines in there (which is the same format that autoheader generates),
and config.status will morph these into #define... as relevant.

While I agree that having AC actually define them to a value is a Good
Thing (better than just defining it to be empty), I do see the pickle
that it has put us in. :-\ I don't see an obvious solution.

Jeff Squyres
Cisco Systems