[fpc-devel] FP 2.4 questions

Jonas Maebe jonas.maebe at elis.ugent.be
Wed Dec 26 18:57:38 CET 2007

On 26 Dec 2007, at 18:25, Fabio Dell'Aria wrote:

> Hi to all and merry xmas,
> I have some questions on the 2.4 version.
> 1)...will be the debug information availables on separated files or
> I'll need alway use the "strip" command to remove them?

Debug information will still be stored inside the final executable  
(except for Dwarf on Mac OS X, because there the used tool chain does  
not do this). This step can be automated by both IDEs and the compiler  
(the -Xs compiler option; and if that one does not work properly, file  
bug reports).

Furthermore, it is always a good idea to compile all code going into a  
release version without debug information from the start, because when  
debug information is on some optimizations may not be performed (e.g.,  
on PowerPC we always store the link register on the stack if debug  
information is generated, as dictated by the various ABIs).

That's why most IDEs feature debug/development/.. and release/ 
deployment/.. targets.

> 2)...will be finally avaiable the "packages (as Delphi Bpl)" support
> (and if yes when will be available the first test version with
> packagees support)?

That is not known at this point.

> 3)....when will be released the 2.4 version?

There is no planned time table for this. The next released version  
will be 2.2.2, and when that one will be released mainly depends on  
how long it will still take to replace all potentially tainted code in  
the rtl/fcl.


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