Error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol

Error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol int __cdecl CeMountDBVolEx, void * __cdecl CeOpenDatabaseInSession

You have created a C++ device project and using the EDB methods from "coredll.lib". You have included the "windbase_edb.h" file in your projects source files. When you compile and link this you are getting following linker errors

error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "int __cdecl CeMountDBVolEx(struct _CEGUID *,wchar_t *,struct _CEVOLUMEOPTIONS *,unsigned long)" (?CeMountDBVolEx@@YAHPAU_CEGUID@@PA_WPAU_CEVOLUMEOPTIONS@@K@Z) referenced in function "int __cdecl MountDbVol(void)" (?MountDbVol@@YAHXZ)

error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "void * __cdecl CeOpenDatabaseInSession(void *,struct _CEGUID *,unsigned long *,wchar_t *,struct _SORTORDERSPECEX *,unsigned long,struct _CENOTIFYREQUEST *)" (?CeOpenDatabaseInSession@@YAPAXPAXPAU_CEGUID@@PAKPA_WPAU_SORTORDERSPECEX@@KPAU_CENOTIFYREQUEST@@@Z)

and you are wondering why this is happening?

The problem with your project is that you are using a "C" style exported library in your C++ projects. When the compiler generates mangled names for C++ functions, they are different from unmangled names generated by the C compiler and hence the C++ compiler will not be able to link with the methods imported from coredll.lib.
The solution to this problem is - while including the header windbase_edb.h, you can explicitly tell the compiler that all functions included from this header are "C" style functions by changing your inclusion as below.

extern "C"
 #include <windbase_edb.h>

With this the C++ compiler when includes the declarations from the windbase_edb.h file, it does not do any name mangling for the functions declared in this file, and thus you should be able to link to EDB without any problems now.

Gangadhar Heralgi

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