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what "PRAGMA   , "implementation  "" means?

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#ifdef PRAGMA
#pragma implementation "OtEchoMae_Actor.h"



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"#pragma" are directives that are specific to the compiler.
What compiler are you using, and what OS?
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I am not sure, unix, sloris!
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What is the command line that you use to compile your code?
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Because the #pragma are compiler specific, you should check the man-page to find the specific meaning for your compiler.

On the commandline, type the following:
man c++
or
man cc
or
man gpp
or
man gcc

Depending on which of the above you use to compile you code, would depend on which man page you should type in.
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by:she25
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I am not sure, unix, sloris!
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Pragmas are specific to each compiler, but somes are common.

On the short part of code you have done it says :

#ifdef PRAGMA
     if the preprocessor as the macro PRAGMA definied
     then do all to the next #endif

#pragma implementation "OtEchoMae_Actor.h"
     then preprocessor do implemetation of file...

for an explanation of pragma implementation, take a look at this extract of the web page http://www.cis.ksu.edu/Systems/Info/develop/gcc.info.C++_Interface.html

`#pragma implementation'
`#pragma implementation "OBJECTS.h"'
     Use this pragma in a *main input file*, when you want full output
     from included header files to be generated (and made globally
     visible).  The included header file, in turn, should use `#pragma
     interface'.  Backup copies of inline member functions, debugging
     information, and the internal tables used to implement virtual
     functions are all generated in implementation files.

     `#pragma implementation' is *implied* whenever the basename(1) of
     your source file matches the basename of a header file it
     includes.  There is no way to turn this off (other than using a
     different name for one of the two files).  In the same vein, if
     you use `#pragma implementation' with no argument, it applies to an
     include file with the same basename as your source file.  For
     example, in `allclass.cc', `#pragma implementation' by itself is
     equivalent to `#pragma implementation "allclass.h"'; but even if
     you do not say `#pragma implementation' at all, `allclass.h' is
     treated as an implementation file whenever you include it from
     `allclass.cc'.

     If you use an explicit `#pragma implementation', it must appear in
     your source file *before* you include the affected header files.

     Use the string argument if you want a single implementation file to
     include code from multiple header files.  (You must also use
     `#include' to include the header file; `#pragma implementation'
     only specifies how to use the file--it doesn't actually include
     it.)

     There is no way to split up the contents of a single header file
     into multiple implementation files.
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