FIX: Fatal Error LNK1561: Entry Point Must Be Defined

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Article ID: 140597 - View products that this article applies to.
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SYMPTOMS

When you build an AppWizard-generated application that has a directory with a trailing backslash (\) specified in the Additional Include Directories field of the C/C++ Preprocessor settings, you receive this error:
   Compiling...
   StdAfx.cpp
   LINK : fatal error LNK1561: entry point must be defined
   Error executing cl.exe.
					

CAUSE

The backslash (\) character is interpreted as an escape character.

RESOLUTION

To work around this problem, do not include trailing backslashes in the Additional Include Directories field of the C/C++ Preprocessor settings. For example, specify directories as C:\Project\Inc rather than as C:\Project\Inc\. Or if you want to specify the current directory as .\, use just the period (.) instead.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a bug in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This bug was corrected in Visual C++ version 5.0.

Properties

Article ID: 140597 - Last Review: December 2, 2003 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 4.1 Subscription
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 4.2 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 4.2 Professional Edition
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This article was written about products for which Microsoft no longer offers support. Therefore, this article is offered "as is" and will no longer be updated.

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