Macros for GCC/G++ to differentiate Linux and Mac OSX?

Macros for GCC/G++ to differentiate Linux and Mac OSX?

Macros for GCC/G++ to differentiate Linux and Mac OSX?

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

The next time you want to check out pre-defined macros supported by GCC on a platform, run the preprocessor with the flag -dM. It’ll list out all the predefined macros available on the system. For example:

$ touch dummy.hxx
$ cpp -dM ./dummy.hxx
#define __DBL_MIN_EXP__ (-1021)
#define __FLT_MIN__ 1.17549435e-38F
#define __CHAR_BIT__ 8
#define __WCHAR_MAX__ 2147483647
#define __DBL_DENORM_MIN__ 4.9406564584124654e-324
#define __FLT_EVAL_METHOD__ 0
#define __DBL_MIN_10_EXP__ (-307)
#define __FINITE_MATH_ONLY__ 0
#define __SHRT_MAX__ 32767
#define __LDBL_MAX__ 1.18973149535723176502e+4932L
#define __UINTMAX_TYPE__ long unsigned int
#define __linux 1
#define __unix 1
#define __linux__ 1
...

Solution 2:

I’d be more inclined to test for feature availability than platform name. Try using autoconf.

Otherwise, this is a comprehensive list of platform defines.

Also check out this page for defines regarding compilers, libraries, architectures and devices.

Solution 3:

Detect OSX with the __APPLE__ macro if you must. It’s better to use configure to detect features if you can, but not everything works well that way.

Solution 4:

I use __MACH__ to test for Mac OS X – it’s not 100% unique to Mac OS X (there may still be some old NeXT boxes out there !) but it’s good enough for telling the difference between Mac and Linux.

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