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Hello Kodlogs,

I hope all of you are doing well. Just now I’ve installed MS Visual Studio to run a C++ program. I’ve downloaded a C++ program from the internet and paste the code inside the VS console. The same program worked in Eclipse but it doesn’t in VS. Here is the downloaded code snippet:

#include "SDL_Net.h"
void main(){
	IPaddress ip;
	TCPsocket tcpsock;
	     printf("SDLNet_ResolveHost: %s\n", SDLNet_GetError());
	     printf("SDLNet_TCP_Open: %s\n", SDLNet_GetError());

And I am getting this output:

>------ Build started: Project: server, Configuration: Debug Win32 ------
	1>LINK : fatal error LNK1561: entry point must be defined
	1>server - 1 error(s), 0 warning(s)
	========== Build: 0 succeeded, 1 failed, 0 up-to-date, 0 skipped ==========

I’ve searched for the solution over the internet for the last 30 minutes and I got nothing except one solution that said to add a main() function which I did already. I found this forum very active and helpful. Could you guys save my day? Thanks a lot.

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First of all, void main() is always wrong in C++. Replace it with int main() and the SDL library requires a parameterized int main() function. So, add

int main(int argc, char *argv[])

at the top of your program instead of a void main() function. If the program still doesn’t work that means something wrong with your project settings. You may create a win32 project instead of a console. To fix the problem, either, Right-click on project namePropertiesExpand Linker tabSystemSubSystem: make sure that it is Console (/SUBSYSTEM: CONSOLE) Or create your project again. This could save your day. Complete all the steps and leave your comment here if it doesn’t work for your case. I’ll have a look again.



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 Win32 and similar project, the entry point is WinMain().

  1. Right-click on the Project (not the reSolution) on the left side.

  2. Then click on Properties -> Configuration Properties -> Linker -> System

In case it tells Subsystem Windows your entry point must be WinMain(), for example

int WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance, HINSTANCE hPrevInstance, LPWSTR lpCmdLine, int nShowCmd)
   your code here ...

Furthermore, speaking of the comments. This is a compile (or more rightly a Link) error, not a run-time error. At the time you begin to debug, the compiler requires to make a complete program (not only to compile your module) and that is when the error happens.

It does not yet get to the point being loaded and run.

It cant trace the entry point for your program, in this instance main(). Your linker settings are perhaps incorrect.

In my instance, the program was running fine, however after one day, I only ran into this issue without doing anything…

The solution was to manually include 'Main' as the Entry Point (prior editing, the area was empty):

Alter it to Console (/SUBSYSTEM:CONSOLE) it will perform

Ensure to double check your "Active Configuration" (Debug / Release), to view in case you are really building a DLL.

In case project is made as Win32 Project this linker option will be automaticly fixed:

File – New Project . – Visual C++ – Win32 – Win32 Project

In case projec is made as General Empty Project this linker option requires to be manually included:

RC on ProjectName – Properties – Configuration Properties – Linker – Coommand Line


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