The ‘#pragma’ directive is the method specified by the C standard
for providing additional information to the compiler, beyond what is
conveyed in the language itself. The forms of this directive
(commonly known as pragmas) specified by C standard are prefixed with
STDC. A C compiler is free to attach any meaning it likes to other
pragmas. Most GNU-defined, supported pragmas have been given a
C99 introduced the
_Pragma operator. This feature addresses a
major problem with ‘#pragma’: being a directive, it cannot be
produced as the result of macro expansion.
_Pragma is an
operator, much like
defined, and can be embedded
in a macro.
Its syntax is
_Pragma (string-literal), where
string-literal can be either a normal or wide-character string
literal. It is destringized, by replacing all ‘\\’ with a single
‘\’ and all ‘\"’ with a ‘"’. The result is then
processed as if it had appeared as the right hand side of a
‘#pragma’ directive. For example,
_Pragma ("GCC dependency \"parse.y\"")
has the same effect as
#pragma GCC dependency "parse.y". The
same effect could be achieved using macros, for example
#define DO_PRAGMA(x) _Pragma (#x) DO_PRAGMA (GCC dependency "parse.y")
The standard is unclear on where a
_Pragma operator can appear.
The preprocessor does not accept it within a preprocessing conditional
directive like ‘#if’. To be safe, you are probably best keeping it
out of directives other than ‘#define’, and putting it on a line of
This manual documents the pragmas which are meaningful to the preprocessor itself. Other pragmas are meaningful to the C or C++ compilers. They are documented in the GCC manual.
GCC plugins may provide their own pragmas.
#pragma GCC dependency
#pragma GCC dependency allows you to check the relative dates of
the current file and another file. If the other file is more recent than
the current file, a warning is issued. This is useful if the current
file is derived from the other file, and should be regenerated. The
other file is searched for using the normal include search path.
Optional trailing text can be used to give more information in the
#pragma GCC dependency "parse.y" #pragma GCC dependency "/usr/include/time.h" rerun fixincludes
#pragma GCC poison
Sometimes, there is an identifier that you want to remove completely
from your program, and make sure that it never creeps back in. To
enforce this, you can poison the identifier with this pragma.
#pragma GCC poison is followed by a list of identifiers to
poison. If any of those identifiers appears anywhere in the source
after the directive, it is a hard error. For example,
#pragma GCC poison printf sprintf fprintf sprintf(some_string, "hello");
will produce an error.
If a poisoned identifier appears as part of the expansion of a macro which was defined before the identifier was poisoned, it will not cause an error. This lets you poison an identifier without worrying about system headers defining macros that use it.
#define strrchr rindex #pragma GCC poison rindex strrchr(some_string, 'h');
will not produce an error.
#pragma GCC system_header
This pragma takes no arguments. It causes the rest of the code in the current file to be treated as if it came from a system header. See System Headers.
#pragma GCC warning
#pragma GCC error
#pragma GCC warning "message" causes the preprocessor to issue
a warning diagnostic with the text ‘message’. The message
contained in the pragma must be a single string literal. Similarly,
#pragma GCC error "message" issues an error message. Unlike
the ‘#warning’ and ‘#error’ directives, these pragmas can be
embedded in preprocessor macros using ‘_Pragma’.
#pragma once is seen when scanning a header file, that
file will never be read again, no matter what. It is a less-portable
alternative to using ‘#ifndef’ to guard the contents of header files
against multiple inclusions.