Dainius Kreivys Dainius Kreivys - 2 months ago 22
C++ Question

Boost::asio winsock and winsock 2 compatibility issue

My project uses windows.h in which winsock.h is used, and I need to include boost:assio which uses winsock2. So I get many errors that says Winsock.h already included.
I can define WIN32_LEAN_AND_MEAN. so that windows.h wouldn't use winsock. The problem is , that I need windows.h to use it, and I just need Asio for asynchronous timers. I don't need its winsock2.h . I tried searching how to disable its winsock2 use, and I found that I could do that by defining BOOST_ASIO_NO_WIN32_LEAN_AND_MEAN before including boost:asio, but I still get the same error.

#include <windows.h>
#include <boost/asio.hpp>


1>c:\program files\boost\boost_1_47\boost\asio\detail\socket_types.hpp(22): fatal error C1189: #error : WinSock.h has already been included


Try and change the order or includes. Start with boost/asio.hpp and put windows.h after it.

Usually the writers of any code library solve the compatibility issues but they can do it better if their code is the first to meet the compiler and preprocessor.

There's a similar issue with ACE, including ace/OS.h before anything else solves it.