Why do I get "_builtin_va_start" undefined when I build
The <varargs.h> and <stdarg.h> include files define va_start in terms of
this function, which is built-in on the HP C compiler.
If you're using GCC you should be picking up include files
from the gcc library directory. These include files do the right
thing for both GCC and HP C.
More often than not these files were never installed, or someone has
placed a copy of varargs.h/stdarg.h into /usr/local/include (gcc searches
When all else fails, you can replace the definition of va_start as
follows, depending on whether you are using varargs or stdarg (K&R or
#define va_start(a) ((a)=(char *)&va_alist+4)
#define va_start(a,b) ((a)=(va_list)&(b))
For <varargs.h>, this replacement should always work.
For <stdarg.h>, this replacement will work unless the last fixed
parameter ("b" in the call to va_start) is a structure larger
than 8 bytes. Large structures are passed by reference, with the
callee responsible for copying the structure to a temporary area
if it will be modified. In this case, "&b" will take the address
of that temporary area instead of the position in the argument
list, and va_next won't work. That's why HP uses a compiler
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