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Linking libusb-1.0.a into a simple test project

  • I am trying to link libusb-1.0.a into my project to test some usb functions. However, I keep getting reference errors on the library functions. My pro file was generated by the qt gui. I also used the gui to add the library. The file is below:.

    TEMPLATE = app
    CONFIG += console
    CONFIG -= app_bundle
    CONFIG -= qt

    SOURCES += main.cpp

    win32:CONFIG(release, debug|release): LIBS += -L$$PWD/../../../../../libusb/MinGW32/static/ -llibusb-1

    INCLUDEPATH += $$PWD/../../../../../libusb/MinGW32/static
    DEPENDPATH += $$PWD/../../../../../libusb/MinGW32/static

    HEADERS += libusb.h

    My code is:

    #include <iostream>
    #include "C:\libusb\include\libusb-1.0\libusb.h"

    using namespace std;

    libusb_context * lc;
    libusb_hotplug_callback_handle h;

    int main()
    libusb_hotplug_deregister_callback(lc, h);

    return 0;


    The error messages are:

    17:39:28: Running steps for project libusbtest...
    17:39:28: Configuration unchanged, skipping qmake step.
    17:39:28: Starting: "C:\Qt\Tools\mingw482_32\bin\mingw32-make.exe"
    C:/Qt/Tools/mingw482_32/bin/mingw32-make -f Makefile.Debug
    mingw32-make[1]: Entering directory 'C:/Qt/Projects/OPVCon/libusbtest/build-libusbtest-Desktop_Qt_5_3_MinGW_32bit-Debug'
    g++ -c -pipe -fno-keep-inline-dllexport -g -frtti -Wall -Wextra -fexceptions -mthreads -DUNICODE -I..\libusbtest -I"C:\libusb\MinGW32\static" -I"." -I"........\5.3\mingw482_32\mkspecs\win32-g++" -o debug\main.o ..\libusbtest\main.cpp
    g++ -Wl,-subsystem,console -mthreads -o debug\libusbtest.exe debug/main.o
    debug/main.o: In function main': C:\Qt\Projects\OPVCon\libusbtest\build-libusbtest-Desktop_Qt_5_3_MinGW_32bit-Debug/../libusbtest/main.cpp:16: undefined reference tolibusb_hotplug_deregister_callback@8'
    collect2.exe: error: ld returned 1 exit status
    Makefile.Debug:77: recipe for target 'debug\libusbtest.exe' failed
    mingw32-make[1]: *** [debug\libusbtest.exe] Error 1
    mingw32-make[1]: Leaving directory 'C:/Qt/Projects/OPVCon/libusbtest/build-libusbtest-Desktop_Qt_5_3_MinGW_32bit-Debug'
    Makefile:34: recipe for target 'debug' failed
    mingw32-make: *** [debug] Error 2
    17:39:35: The process "C:\Qt\Tools\mingw482_32\bin\mingw32-make.exe" exited with code 2.
    Error while building/deploying project libusbtest (kit: Desktop Qt 5.3 MinGW 32bit)
    When executing step 'Make'

    I have read just about everything on the web related to this but cannot get it right.

    What am I doing wrong?

  • While I don't use qmake (I use cmake), I can tell you what your problem is. You are giving Qt the path to the library, but failing to instruct it to include the library. Essentially, you need to trigger not only a -L parameter to gcc, but also a "-l" parameter (in this case, -lusb-1.0). Figure out which qmake parameter to tweak to generate the proper "-l" out of gcc, and you should be good to go.

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