ROOTCINT(1) General Commands Manual ROOTCINT(1)
rootcint - ROOT Dictionary generator
rootcint header_file[+][-][!] ... [LinkDef.h] > dict_file
rootcint [-f] dict_file [-c] header_file[+][-][!] ... [LinkDef.h]
The rootcint program generates the Streamer(), TBuffer &operator>>() and ShowMembers() methods for ROOT classes, i.e. classes using the
ClassDef and ClassImp macros. In addition rootcint can also generate the CINT dictionaries needed in order to get access to ones classes
via the interpreter.
rootcint can be used like:
rootcint TAttAxis.h[-][!] ... [LinkDef.h] > AxisGen.C
rootcint [-f] [AxDict.C] [-c] TAttAxis.h[-][!] ... [LinkDef.h]
The difference between the two is that in the first case only the Streamer() and ShowMembers() methods are generated while in the latter
case a complete compileable file is generated (including the include statements). The first method also allows the output to be appended
to an already existing file (using >> ). The optional minus behind the include file name tells rootcint to not generate the Streamer()
method. A custom method must be provided by the user in that case. When using option -c also the interpreter method interface stubs will be
written to the output file ( AxDict.C in the above case). By default the output file will not be overwritten if it exists. Use the -f
(force) option to overwite the output file.
Before specifying the first header file one can also add include file directories to be searched and preprocessor defines, like:
The (optional) file LinkDef.h looks like:
#pragma link off all globals;
#pragma link off all classes;
#pragma link off all functions;
#pragma link C++ class TAxis;
#pragma link C++ class TAttAxis-;
#pragma link C++ class TArrayC-!;
#pragma link C++ function StrDup;
#pragma link C++ function operator+(const TString&,const TString&);
#pragma link C++ global gROOT;
#pragma link C++ global gEnv;
#pragma link C++ enum EMessageTypes;
This file tells rootcint for which classes the method interface stubs should be generated. A trailing `-' in the class name tells rootcint
to not generate the Streamer() method. This is necessary for those classes that need a customized Streamer() method. A trailing `!' in the
class name tells rootcint to not generate the operator>>(TBuffer &b, MyClass *&obj) method. This is necessary to be able to write pointers
to objects of classes not inheriting from TObject. When this file is not specified a default version exporting the classes with the names
equal to the include files minus the .h is generated.
1 LinkDef.h must be the last argument on the rootcint command line.
2 Note that the LinkDef file name MUST contain the string: LinkDef.h or linkdef.h, i.e. NA49_LinkDef.h is fine just like,
rootcint is documented fully on ROOT web-site <http://root.cern.ch/root/RootCintMan.html>
The ROOT team (see web page above):
Rene Brun and Fons Rademakers
This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as pub-
lished by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MER-
CHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.
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This manual page was written by Christian Holm Christensen <firstname.lastname@example.org>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
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