Library built with 7.xx causes warning message in 8.xx or later
Technical Note 20171003
10/3/2017 2:48 PM
Because both the size and the internal encoding of
wchar_t are different between IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm version 7.xx and version 8.xx or later, the linker message
Warning [Lt009]: Inconsistent wchar_t size
will be generated when a library built with version 7.xx is used in version 8.xx or later.
In IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm version 7.80 and earlier, the size of
wchar_t was two bytes and in version 8.11 the size of
wchar_t is four bytes. Moreover the internal encoding of
wchar_t objects between these versions objects is different.
This means that combining object files built with versions 7.80 and 8.xx or later will generate a linker warning if the application uses
wchar_t, the behavior will be unpredictable.
In general, we strongly recommend using object code from one version only, and for a major upgrade such as 7.xx to 8.xx or later, all code should be rebuilt.
If you choose to not to rebuilt, you should at least do following actions:
- a) Rebuild object code built with version 7.xx and written in C++.
- b) If the library does include
wchar_t, rebuild the library with version 8.11 or later.
- c) If a library built with version 7.xx does not include
wchar_t, and an application built with version 8.xx (or later) in fact works as expected, you might want to ignore the warning message.
To suppress the warning message, do this:
- Choose Project>Options>Linker>Diagnostics
- Select Suppress these diagnostics and specify:
- Click OK.
If you later add another 7.xx library to your 8.11 (or later) project, please remove the suppress diagnostic option described above (“
Lt009”) and go through steps a-c again.
A library that uses
wchar_t built with IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm version 7.xx must be rebuilt to be used with version 8.xx or later.
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