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I wonder why the following minimal example sketch doesn't compile (unknown type name 'uint16_t'):

sketch_does_not_compile.ino:

#include "myheader.h"

void setup() {
  char a[]="hello world";
  uint16_t l=str_len(a);
  Serial.println(l);
}

void loop() {}

myheader.c :

uint16_t str_len(char* input_string) {
  uint16_t i=0;
  while (input_string[i++]!='\0');
  return i;
}

myheader.h :

#include "myheader.h"

uint16_t str_len(char* input_string);

Compilation fails with

myheader.c: At top level:
myheader.c:3:1: error: unknown type name 'uint16_t'
 uint16_t str_len(char* input_string);
 ^
exit status 1
unknown type name 'uint16_t'

Using uint16_t in the .ino-file directly like in the sketch below compiles fine.

sketch_compiles.ino :

uint16_t str_len(char* input_string) {
  uint16_t i=0;
  while (input_string[i++]!='\0');
  return i;
}

void setup() {
  char a[]="hello world";
  uint16_t l=str_len(a);
  Serial.println(l);
}

void loop() {}

What am I missing?

  • 1
    #include <stdint.h> – Juraj Dec 27 '19 at 5:43
  • 1
    Why is the declaration of str_len() in the .c file and the implementation in the .h file? – ocrdu Dec 27 '19 at 11:03
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Using #include <Arduino.h> in your myheader.h will also include <stdint.h> and probably solve this.

The Arduino IDE automatically includes Arduino.h in the sketch itself, but apparently not for external stuff.

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