[fpc-devel]Bunch'o questions for the new year

Jeremy Darling jdarling_kc at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 2 14:33:47 CET 2004

  It never fails every time I start looking at a project you are right their 
also :).  So what arn't we working on that we can stick our noses into?


>From: Eric Grange <egrange at infonie.fr>
>Reply-To: fpc-devel at lists.freepascal.org
>To: fpc-devel at lists.freepascal.org
>Subject: [fpc-devel]Bunch'o questions for the new year
>Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2004 10:44:25 +0100
>First, Happy New Year!
>I've started investigating FPC support for GLScene (http://glscene.org),
>and have encountered a few issues:
>1)are there any instruction on building FreePascal? I've got the CVS 
>   tried several makefiles and .bat, browsed the READMEs, but couldn't get
>   a compile to complete (this is under Win32, using the 1.9.0 release).
>2)while compiling my units, I bumped on a compiler crash (now reported in
>   the bugs with a sample unit), then managed to somehow work around it, 
>but now
>   the compilation fails with no errors. Ie. FPC's return value indicates a
>   failed compile, and the .exe is not generated, but no error is listed.
>   When compiling with '-va', nothing suspicious is listed and the ld.exe 
>   is reached. Any hints on extra verbose options that could shed more 
>3)while waiting for Lazarus, I've started work on an IDE expert for Delphi 
>   which add FPC compile and options menu to the IDE. The compile side is 
>now more
>   or less operationnal (incl. error hyperlinks), and I've started 
>   the debug side. Full debug support is quite certainly out of reach (and 
>   better left to Lazarus), however ASM based debugging is possible (using 
>   CPU view and Delphi's AttachTo command). What I'm after would be adding 
>a few
>   helper functions to convert pascal file/line number to EXE offset and 
>   This would allow basic breakpoint and trace support.
>   Any suggestions on the most suitable debug format for this purpose that 
>FPC 1.9.0
>   would already generates? Any links/docs on that format?
>   (the expert is available from the Utilities directory of GLScene CVS at 
>   if an FPC guru wants to pick oversights and errors with how things are
>   done/displayed...)
>4)the '-B' option is listed for Build support, but doesn't seem to rebuild 
>   if their code (file timestamp actually) hasn't changed. Is this a 
>   from my part or a bug?
>5)do the snapshots include binaries, and if so, from which mirror should I 
>   (tried a few links from the website, but all failed)
>Other than that things went quite smoothly, I haven't compiled/run anything 
>complex yet, but the extra hints/warnings of FPC allowed to catch a few 
>bugs Delphi
>had missed, which is always nice :)
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