I want both autocomplete support for C++ keywords and C++ standard headers. In other words, I want

  • A keyword like while to be autocompleted.
  • An expression like #include <iostream> to be autocompleted as well.

To achieve this, I have put the following code into my .emacs file:

(require 'auto-complete)
(require 'auto-complete-config)

;; Function which initializes auto-complete-c-headers and gets called for
;; c/c++ hooks
(defun my:ac-c-header-init ()
  (add-to-list 'ac-sources 'ac-source-c-headers)

;; List of directories where c/c++ headers are located. This list
;; may change from machine to machine. Type the following command
;; in a terminal to see your list:
;;   >> gcc -xc++ -E -v -
;; and add whatever paths come after '#include <...> search starts here:'.
  (setq achead:include-directories
    (append '("/usr/include/c++/5"

;; Call this function from c/c++ hooks
(add-hook 'c++-mode-hook 'my:ac-c-header-init)
(add-hook 'c-mode-hook 'my:ac-c-header-init)

The problem is that with this, autocompletes fails completely: keywords and includes. If I comment out ac-c-header-init function, C++ keywords are autocompleted, but not includes.

What is wrong with my approach? I use Ubuntu 16.04, emacs24 and g++.

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