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Compiler Warning (level 1) C4091

'keyword' : ignored on left of 'type' when no variable is declared

The compiler detected a situation where the user probably intended a variable to be declared, but the compiler was not able to declare the variable.

A __declspec attribute at the beginning of a user-defined type declaration applies to the variable of that type. C4091 indicates no variable is declared. The following sample generates C4091.

// C4091.cpp
// compile with: /W1 /c
__declspec(dllimport) class X {}; // C4091

// __declspec attribute applies to varX
__declspec(dllimport) class X2 {} varX;

// __declspec attribute after the class or struct keyword 
// applies to user defined type
class __declspec(dllimport) X3 {};

If an identifier is a typedef, it cannot also be a variable name. The following sample generates C4091.

// C4091_b.cpp
// compile with: /c /W1 /WX
#define LIST 4
typedef struct _LIST {} LIST;   // C4091

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