How to view C preprocessor output?

gcc -E file.c


g++ -E file.cpp

will do this for you. The -E switch forces the compiler to stop after the preprocessing phase, spitting all it’s got at the moment to standard output.

Note: Surely you must have some #include directives. The included files get preprocessed, too, so you might get lots of output.

For Visual C++ the switch is /E which spits the preprocessor output to screen.

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