Custom cores question/problem

Hi, I'm working on a custom Arduino-based board for low-power projects. As part of the effort I have added a handful of utility functions to the 'core' for power management. In the hope of creating as little mess as possible, I did it as follows:

  • Created new files, mosquino.c/mosquino.h, containing the custom stuff (functions, and macros + prototypes respectively) in the custom core's directory (...My Documents\Arduino\hardware\Mosquino\cores\arduino)
  • #include "mosquino.h" from WProgram.h

Although macros defined in these files are 'visible' from the sketch, the functions are not... even if mosquino.h is #include'd into the sketch by hand:

[code] core_test.cpp.o: In function setup': C:\DOCUME~1\Tim\LOCALS~1\Temp\build5515614687940556259.tmp/core_test.cpp:32: undefined reference topower_full()' [/code]

A look in the build temp folder shows at least that a mosquino.c.o file was built and contains references to the function.

Currently using a core derived from 0022 and the 0022 IDE (haven't had time to patch it up to 1.0 yet).

Is this behavior expected? That is, is there some peculiarity/voodoo in the Arduino IDE's build process that causes this to fail, or am I missing something simple? (i.e have been away from c++ too long :p )?

Two choices...

  1. Change mosquino.c to mosquino.cpp (this is the choice I would take)

  2. Wrap the definitions in mosquino.h with extern "C" { }

In other words, you have a C++ name mangling / linkage problem.

Thanks, that (option 1) solved it!

Out of curiosity, if all the functions contained there are vanilla C-style, is there any advantage/difference (e.g. in code size or performance, or other considerations) to one of these approaches over the other?

In my opinion you are always better off using C++ (instead of extern/C). The syntax is “tighter”. Many (most? all?) of the implicit type conversion problems are eliminated. Name mangling alone is worth using C++ compilation.

I have not used straight-C in … well … let’s say a few years and I have not once missed it.