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Old 02-23-2005, 07:44 AM   #1
ChemicalBurn
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Incomplete type


Im getting this error when I call a method from a class in the library Im using, and it assigns at one point a value to an object of type 'FiberEdgeType':

error: base class `FiberEdgeType' has incomplete type

Anyone know what this error means?
Sorry I didnt include much code, but I'd have to include massive blocks if I put all thats relevant.
Basically:

Code:
RelatedEdges<FiberEdge> _RelatedFiberEdges; //FiberEdge is a type definition of a template class.

and in 
class RelatedEdges
template<class EdgeTPointer> void RelatedEdges<EdgeTPointer>::ReadTwo(BasicIo* parser) { //The EdgeTPointer is in this case the object of type FiberEdgeType

....
                  EdgeTPointer n2 = 0;
                  n = Convert(vg->Id2Edge(id),n2); //Id2Edge returns an EdgeTPointer
//Here is where the error occurs
                 ...
...
}
Never seen this error before... Anyone?
 
Old 02-23-2005, 10:21 AM   #2
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The error (probably) means that you need to include the file that defines FiberEdgeType .
 
Old 02-24-2005, 05:54 AM   #3
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Thanks!!
Excuse my ignorance, but HOW did that solve it? It recognized everything related to the object because I included the type definition. And why would it give "incompatible type" error, instead of a, for example, no definition for... found.
 
Old 02-24-2005, 08:32 AM   #4
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Glad to have helped.

The "incomplete type" error generally means that the compiler knows something about a type but not enough to do what you want to do with it.

In this case FiberEdgeType was forward declared somewhere along the way - probaby in some other include file. The compiler knew that FiberEdgeType is a class but not the internal details. The code you posted did something that needs to know about the internal details of the class - probably just trying to access a member. At this point you got the "incomplete type" error. Including the full class definition before this point takes care of it.

- Dave
 
Old 02-24-2005, 08:44 AM   #5
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Thanks, appreciate the help.
 
  


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