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[vox-tech] Asking C compiler to test for #include file
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[vox-tech] Asking C compiler to test for #include file

Right now I have a program that will die if certain headers can't be found.

The issue of getting these headers has practically become an FAQ for the libraries installed.
("You forgot to download the *-dev packages of the library, which contains the headers!")

I'd like, if possible, GCC to barf with my OWN error, stating something along these lines,
rather than just:

  src/myprog.c:15: foo.h: No such file or directory

I realize I can spit out an error message using the C "#error" directive, but is there a simple
(and portable) way of TESTING?



    #include "somelib.h"


    #error "Ya big dummy!  You need to install the 'somelib-dev' package!"


Is there such a thing?  I'm actually realtively unfamiliar with all of the C directives out there.
I've stuck to the typical "#define", "#ifdef", "#include" trio. ;^)

Thx in advance,


PS - I'm not currently using autoconf/automake in this project.  I'm not sure if I ever will decide to...

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