[fpc-devel] FPC 1.9.6 (a.k.a. 2.0.0-RC1) is out

DrDiettrich drdiettrich at compuserve.de
Fri Jan 7 04:14:27 CET 2005

Peter Vreman wrote:
> >> If no major bugs are found, version 2.0 will be released in a short
> >> timeframe.

Only one major problem so far. Congratulations! :-)

> > So let me list the problems I encountered with a preceding version:
> >
> > - Mouse buttons inoperative (W2K, no menu selection...)
> > - "\\" contained in all stored pathes, IMO due to input of the FPC
> > directory ending with an "\".
> Please only report bugs on the latest version.

The above bugs still apply :-(

Here the bugs with W2K:

- The mouse buttons don't work. The clicked character is highlighted,
but that's all. Applies to installer and IDE.

- The colors in the install dialog make the (inactive) text almost

- When text is entered for the path, the previous text is entirely
- This is why I entered the path with a trailing backslash, whereupon
the fpc.cfg contained "\/" in all pathes. When the installer suggests to
use backslashes, and then adds further parts with forward slashes, then
it should check for both. The display of the path to enter, for using
fpc, shows all forward slashes, i.e. "//" instead of the stored "\/".

Now for Win98, same machine:

- In the dialog "directory already exists" the buttons are empty, no
graphics, no text. (a common problem?)
- Same problem with pathes in fpc.cfg.
+ The mouse works, so far.
+ The colors make the text better readable.
+ The path text is not erased, can be edited.

Let me know when the installer is updated, then I will check this again.
Somebody else should check with WinXP!

Some more instructions were nice for the Win32/separate distribution.
The readme.txt refers to the full archive, no hints about the separated
files. It should be noted that the download of install.exe and (what?)
more is required. The units-* are almost self descriptive, but what
about the other archives?

Some tool (Netscape?) changed the dots in the filenames into
underscores, so that nothing but the docs were installed in my first
try. I also got an empty install.dat, due to unreported connection
problems with the ftp server. If I hadn't compared the file sizes, I had
no idea what has gone wrong. These problems IMO also are worth a note in
the readme. Windows users are a bit stupid, you know? ;-)

I still have to download the IDE, until now everything seems to work :-)
Is make and asld required as well?


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