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ASN1C C/C++ Tutorial

Getting Started with the ASN1C C / C++ Command Line

This tutorial will help users use the ASN1C complier using the terminal shell prompt. Please note that tutorial assumes you are operating in a Linux system.

Change directory to the C BER employee sample directory:

cd c/sample_ber/employee

Run ASN1C to compile the files.

To generate C code for the included employee example, type the following on the command line:

../../../bin/asn1c employee.asn -c -ber

To generate C++ code, replace -c with -c++ in the previous command.

Run the C / C++ compiler.

Note: This tutorial shows how to use the GNU gcc/g++ compiler, but the procedure for other compilers would be similar.

At a minimum, the -c and -I options are necessary to compile the employee.c (or employee.cpp) file. -I is used to specify include directories. The command line argument would be:

gcc -c -I../../.. Employee*.c

For C++, replace gcc with g++ in the previous command.

The same command would be required to compile the reader.c and writer.c programs.

Link the writer program with the runtime libraries:

gcc -o writer writer.o Employee.o EmployeeEnc.o -L../../lib -lasn1ber -lasn1rt

Link the reader program with the runtime libraries:

gcc -o reader reader.o Employee.o EmployeeDec.o EmployeePrint.o -L../../lib -lasn1ber -lasn1rt

The writer and reader programs can now be run to encode and decode ASN.1 messages.

Note: A makefile and a Visual Studio project file (Microsoft Windows only) contain all of these commands. These files are included in the sample directory.