open al linker error

lilmike 101 Dec 10, 2011 at 05:55

I am working on a project to get myself back in to c++ and one I will hopefully be using in the future as well. The main thing I am working on right now is to make a wrapper around open al so it can more easily be accessed in my code. I have a sound object that will hold a buffer and a source, so you can play it with simply methods like, etc. I also store a map of strings and ALuint’s to hold file name and their associated buffers, as to not load a buffer with the same file as another. However, I get a linker error when using visual studio 2010. The offending line (as far as I can tell is:

static map<string, ALuint> buffers;

The error I get (it’s very cryptic, and googling returns very few helpfull results):
1>Sound.obj : error LNK2001: unresolved external symbol “private: static class std::map<class std::basic_string<char,struct std::char_traits<char>,class std::allocator<char> >,unsigned int,struct std::less<class std::basic_string<char,struct std::char_traits<char>,class std::allocator<char> > >,class std::allocator<struct std::pair<class std::basic_string<char,struct std::char_traits<char>,class std::allocator<char> > const ,unsigned int> > > Sound::buffers” (?buffers@Sound@@0V?$map@V?$basic_string@DU?$char_traits@D@std@@V?$allocator@D@2@@std@@IU?$less@V?$basic_string@DU?$char_traits@D@std@@V?$allocator@D@2@@std@@@2@V?$allocator@U?$pair@$$CBV?$basic_string@DU?$char_traits@D@std@@V?$allocator@D@2@@std@@I@std@@@2@@std@@A)
1>C:\Users\Owner\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Projects\audio stuff\Debug\audio stuff.exe : fatal error LNK1120: 1 unresolved externals

I have linked the following libraries:

I have an idea that it has to do with the ALuint in the map, but I’m not sure how to correct it. Any help is appreciated.

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Reedbeta 167 Dec 10, 2011 at 08:28

It’s saying the ‘buffers’ variable can’t be found by the linker. My guess is that you probably haven’t defined it. If that line you posted appears in your class definition, that’s a declaration of the ‘buffers’ variable (it tells the compiler that such a variable exists, and allows it to compile code referring to that variable) but it doesn’t actually define it (allocate storage for it). In a source file someplace (not a header), you need to add a line:

map<string, ALuint> Sound::buffers;

That should fix the problem.

By the way, most of the spew in that error message is just the fully-expanded definition of that std::map type, including a bunch of optional template parameters that pretty much no one ever uses (but which can be used to do things like store the items in a different order than usual, allocate memory a different way than usual, etc.)

mmakrzem 101 Feb 06, 2012 at 11:11

Were you able to fix your linking problem? If you want to see how I wrapped OpenAL in my own C++ class objects have a look here: