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/* GNU Objective C Runtime messaging declarations
Copyright (C) 1993-2021 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This file is part of GCC.
GCC is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 3, or (at your option)
any later version.
GCC is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.
Under Section 7 of GPL version 3, you are granted additional
permissions described in the GCC Runtime Library Exception, version
3.1, as published by the Free Software Foundation.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License and
a copy of the GCC Runtime Library Exception along with this program;
see the files COPYING3 and COPYING.RUNTIME respectively. If not, see
<>. */
#ifndef __objc_message_INCLUDE_GNU
#define __objc_message_INCLUDE_GNU
#include "objc.h"
#include "objc-decls.h"
#ifdef __cplusplus
extern "C" {
/* This file includes declarations of the messaging functions and
types. */
/* Compatibility note: the messaging function is one area where the
GNU runtime and the Apple/NeXT runtime differ significantly. If
you can, it is recommended that you use higher-level facilities
(provided by a Foundation library such as GNUstep Base) to perform
forwarding or other advanced messaging tricks. */
/* This function returns the IMP (C function implementing a method) to
use to invoke the method with selector 'op' of receiver 'receiver'.
This is the function used by the compiler when compiling method
invocations with the GNU runtime. For example, the method call
result = [receiver method];
is compiled by the compiler (with the GNU runtime) into the
equivalent of:
IMP function = objc_msg_lookup (receiver, @selector (method));
result = function (receiver, @selector (method));
so, a call to objc_msg_lookup() determines the IMP (the C function
implementing the method) to call. Then, the function is called.
If the method takes or returns different arguments, the compiler
will cast 'function' to the right type before invoking it, making
sure arguments and return value are handled correctly.
objc_msg_lookup() must always return a valid function that can be
called with the required method signature (otherwise the
compiler-generated code shown above could segfault). If 'receiver'
is NULL, objc_msg_lookup() returns a C function that does nothing,
ignores all its arguments, and returns NULL (see nil_method.c). If
'receiver' does not respond to the selector 'op', objc_msg_lookup()
will try to call +resolveClassMethod: or resolveInstanceMethod: as
appropriate, and if they return YES, it will try the lookup again
(+resolveClassMethod: and +resolveInstanceMethod: can thus install
dynamically methods as they are requested). If
+resolveClassMethod: or +resolveInstanceMethod: are either not
available, or return NO, or return YES but 'receiver' still doesn't
implement the 'selector' after calling them, the runtime returns a
generic "forwarding" function that can be called with the required
method signature and which can process the method invocation
according to the forwarding API. There are two runtime hooks that
allow Foundation libraries (such as GNUstep-Base) to return their
own forwarding function in preference to the runtime ones. When
that happens, the Foundation library effectively takes complete
control of the forwarding process; any method invocation where the
selector is not implemented by the receiver will end up calling a
forwarding function chosen by the Foundation library. */
objc_EXPORT IMP objc_msg_lookup (id receiver, SEL op);
/* Structure used when a message is send to a class's super class.
The compiler generates one of these structures and passes it to
objc_msg_lookup_super() when a [super method] call is compiled. */
/* Modern API. */
struct objc_super
id self; /* The receiver of the message. */
Class super_class; /* The superclass of the receiver. */
/* This is used by the compiler instead of objc_msg_lookup () when
compiling a call to 'super', such as [super method]. This requires
sending a message to super->self, but looking up the method as if
super->self was in class super->super_class. */
objc_EXPORT IMP objc_msg_lookup_super (struct objc_super *super, SEL sel);
/* Hooks for method forwarding. They make it easy to substitute the
built-in forwarding with one based on a library, such as ffi, that
implement closures, thereby avoiding gcc's __builtin_apply
problems. __objc_msg_forward2's result will be preferred over that
of __objc_msg_forward if both are set and return non-NULL. */
objc_EXPORT IMP (*__objc_msg_forward)(SEL);
objc_EXPORT IMP (*__objc_msg_forward2)(id, SEL);
#ifdef __cplusplus
#endif /* not __objc_message_INCLUDE_GNU */