Help compiling an idl for an Add-in

Stephan Bergmann sbergman at
Mon Nov 9 01:58:20 PST 2015

On 11/07/2015 02:45 PM, lucass wrote:
> I'm working on an AddIn to use on Calc (
> source: ) and I'm having a
> problem when compilind an idl using idlc. This addin used to compile
> without problems on an older libreoffice sdk (4.3 I think) but it
> upgraded to together with my ubuntu and now it doesn't compile
> anymore. The error message isn't too helpful either because it points to
> a line that doesn't exist, or I am interpreting the error message wrong.
> Here's how I'm running idlc
> |/usr/lib/libreoffice/sdk/bin/idlc -C -O
> /home/lucas/dev/clojurecalc/ClojureCalc/build/idl/urd -I
> /home/lucas/dev/clojurecalc/ClojureCalc/src -I
> /usr/lib/libreoffice/sdk/idl
> /home/lucas/dev/clojurecalc/ClojureCalc/src/com/github/beothorn/clojurecalc/ClojureCalc.idl|
> and the output
> |Compiling:/home/lucas/dev/clojurecalc/ClojureCalc/src/com/github/beothorn/clojurecalc/ClojureCalc.idl
> <command-line>:1[62:62]:Statementcan notbe parsed:syntax
> error,unexpected $undefined
> /usr/lib/libreoffice/sdk/idl/com/sun/star/uno/XInterface.idl:80[42:42]:Statementcan
> notbe parsed:definitions
> /usr/lib/libreoffice/sdk/idl/com/sun/star/uno/XInterface.idl:94[5:8]:Statementcan
> notbe parsed:syntax error,unexpected IDL_VOID (...more 14errors
> ...)/usr/lib/libreoffice/sdk/bin/idlc.bin:detected
> 16errors/usr/lib/libreoffice/sdk/bin/idlc.bin Version1.1|
> but line 80 on
> /usr/lib/libreoffice/sdk/idl/com/sun/star/uno/XInterface.idl is a
> comment, so I don't know what is happening.
> The idl in questtion is this
> I also have the same errors on this idl
> I don't know how to further investigate this error, or maybe the problem
> is obvious and I'm not seeing it. I would like some pointer to how to
> keep looking on what's happening, if possible.

The SDK's idlc calls out to a C preprocessor to preprocess the .idl 
files.  Normally, it calls the ucpp executable next to itself in the 
SDK's bin dir.  I assume that something is broken in the Ubuntu setup, 
and that idlc calls some other preprocessor in a way that does not work.

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