[fpc-devel] dynamic package support

Michael.VanCanneyt at Wisa.be Michael.VanCanneyt at Wisa.be
Sat Feb 26 12:05:11 CET 2005

On Sat, 26 Feb 2005, Florian Klaempfl wrote:

> Hans-Jörg Vasold wrote:
> > for a long time support for loading packages at runtime was "planned for
> > later versions".
> > 
> > But now i can not find that this is planned anymore. Will FreePascal
> > support dynamic packages in future or not.
> http://www.freepascal.org/wiki/index.php/Detailed_2.1.0_branch_todo
> However, it had quite low priority the last years because dyn. loaded packages
> for a dynamic moving project like fpc with daily snapshots are a real problem.
> As soon as one unit interface changes, all dependend packages must be
> recompiled anyways. And usually there are only 1-2 fpc projects running at the
> same time on a system so main memory savings are little.

This is 100% correct. 

On the other hand, for people who use FPC to develop end-user apps, it makes
sense: they will normally not change their installed FPC every 2 months. 

For example:
At work, we have a plugin system which cannot work unless packages are used. 
I also think that Lazarus would benefit from it.


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