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Why is this program erroneously rejected by three C++ compilers? (20)
I am having some difficulty compiling a C++ program that I've written.
This program is very simple and, to the best of my knowledge, conforms to all the rules set forth in the C++ Standard. I've read over the entirety of ISO/IEC 14882:2003 twice to be sure.
The program is as follows:
Here is the output I received when trying to compile this program with Visual C++ 2010:
c:\dev>cl /nologo helloworld.png cl : Command line warning D9024 : unrecognized source file type 'helloworld.png', object file assumed helloworld.png : fatal error LNK1107: invalid or corrupt file: cannot read at 0x5172
Dismayed, I tried g++ 4.5.2, but it was equally unhelpful:
c:\dev>g++ helloworld.png helloworld.png: file not recognized: File format not recognized collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
I figured that Clang (version 3.0 trunk 127530) must work, since it is so highly praised for its standards conformance. Unfortunately, it didn't even give me one of its pretty, highlighted error messages:
c:\dev>clang++ helloworld.png helloworld.png: file not recognized: File format not recognized collect2: ld returned 1 exit status clang++: error: linker (via gcc) command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see invocation)
To be honest, I don't really know what any of these error message mean.
Many other C++ programs have source files with a .cpp extension, so I thought perhaps I needed to rename my file. I changed its name to helloworld.cpp, but that didn't help. I think there is a very serious bug in Clang because when I tried using it to compile the renamed program, it flipped out, printed "84 warnings and 20 errors generated." and made my computer beep a lot!
What have I done wrong here? Have I missed some critical part of the C++ Standard? Or are all three compilers really just so broken that they can't compile this simple program?
helloworld.png: file not recognized: File format not recognized
Obviously, you should format your hard drive.
Really, these errors aren't that hard to read.
Am I the only one who can't recognize the character between 'return' and the semicolon? That could be it!
Did you handwrite the program and then scan it into the computer? That is what is implied by "helloworld.png". If that is the case, you need to be aware that the C++ standard (even in its newest edition) does not require the presence of optical character recognition, and unfortunately it is not included as an optional feature in any current compiler.
You may want to consider transposing the graphics to a textual format. Any plain-text editor may be used; the use of a word processor, while capable of generating a pretty printout, will most likely result in the same error that you get while trying to scan.
If you are truly adventurous, you may attempt to write your code into a word processor. Print it, preferably using a font like OCR-A. Then, take your printout and scan it back in. The scan can then be run through a third-party OCR package to generate a text form. The text form may then be compiled using one of many standard compilers.
Beware, however, of the great cost of paper that this will incur during the debugging phase.
I can't see a new-line after that last brace.
As you know: "If a source file that is not empty does not end in a new-line character, ... the behavior is undefined".
I did convert your program from PNG to ASCII, but it does not compile yet. For your information, I did try with line width 100 and 250 characters but both yield in comparable results.
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In the standard, §2.1/1 specifies:
Physical source file characters are mapped, in an implementation-defined manner, to the basic source character set (introducing new-line characters for end-of-line indicators) if necessary.
Your compiler doesn't support that format (aka cannot map it to the basic source character set), so it cannot move into further processing stages, hence the error. It is entirely possible that your compiler support a mapping from image to basic source character set, but is not required to.
Since this mapping is implementation-defined, you'll need to look at your implementations documentation to see the file formats it supports. Typically, every major compiler vendor supports (canonically defined) text files: any file produced by a text editor, typically a series of characters.
Note that the C++ standard is based off the C standard (§1.1/2), and the C(99) standard says, in §1.2:
This International Standard does not specify
— the mechanism by which C programs are transformed for use by a data-processing system;
— the mechanism by which C programs are invoked for use by a data-processing system;
— the mechanism by which input data are transformed for use by a C program;
So, again, the treatment of source files is something you need to find in your compilers documentation.
Is your compiler set in expert mode?! If yes, it shouldn't compile. Modern compilers are tired of "Hello World!"
Seems that your compiler doesn't support files in such hmm... encoding. Try to convert it to ASCII.
The first problem is, that you are trying to return an incorrect value at the end of the main function. C++ standard dictates that the return type of main() is int, but instead you are trying to return the empty set.
The other problem is - at least with g++ - that the compiler deduces the language used from the file suffix. From g++(1):
For any given input file, the file name suffix determines what kind of compilation is done:
file.cc file.cp file.cxx file.cpp file.CPP file.c++ file.C
C ++ source code which must be preprocessed. Note that in .cxx, the last two letters must both be literally x. Likewise, .C refers to a literal capital C.
Fixing these should leave you with a fully working Hello World application, as can be seen from the demo here.
This program is valid -- I can find no errors.
My guess is you have a virus on your machine. It would be best if you reformat your drive, and reinstall the operating system.
Let us know how that works out, or if you need help with the reinstall.
I hate viruses.
Try switching input interface. C++ expects a keyboard to be plugged in to your computer, not a scanner. There may be peripherals conflict issues here. I didn't check in ISO Standard if keyboard input interface is mandatory, but that is true for all compilers I ever used. But maybe scanner input is now available in C99, and in this case your program should indeed work. If not you'll have to wait the next standard release and upgrade of compilers.
Try this way:
Unfortunately, you have selected three compilers that all support multiple languages, not just C++. They all have to guess at the programming language you used. As you probably already know, the PNG format is suitable for all programming languages, not just C++.
Usually the compiler can figure out the language itself. For instance, if the PNG is obviously drawn with crayons, the compiler will know it contains Visual Basic. If it looks like it's drawn with a mechanical pencil, it's easy to recognize the engineer at work, writing FORTRAN code.
This second step doesn't help the compiler either, in this case. C and C++ just look too similar, down to the
#include. Therefore, you must help the compiler decide what language it really is. Now, you could use non-standard means. For instance, the Visual Studio compiler accepts the /TC and /TP command-line arguments, or you could use the "Compile as: C++" option in the project file. GCC and CLang have their own mechanisms, which I don't know.
Therefore, I'd recommend using the standard method instead to tell your compiler that the code following is in C++. As you've discovered by now, C++ compilers are very picky about what they accept. Therefore the standard way to identify C++ is by the intimidation programmers add to their C++ code. For instance, the following line will clarify to your compiler that what follows is C++ (and he'd better compile it without complaints).
// To the compiler: I know where you are installed. No funny games, capice?
from pytesser import * image = Image.open('helloworld.png') # Open image object using PIL print image_to_string(image) # Run tesseract.exe on image
To use it, do:
python script.py > helloworld.cpp; g++ helloworld.cpp
You forgot the pre-processor. Try this:
pngtopnm helloworld.png | ocrad | g++ -x 'c++' -
You need to specify the precision of your output preceded by a colon immediately before the final closing brace. Since the output is not numeric, the precision is zero, so you need this-
You're trying to compile an image.
Type out what you've hand written into a document called main.cpp, run that file through your compiler, then run the output file.
Your compilers are expecting ASCII, but that program is obviously written using EBCDIC.
Your font sucks, how should a parser ever be able to read that? Take a calligraphy course.