[fpc-devel] Error about unknown record field identifier

Mehmet Erol Sanliturk sanliturk at ttmail.com
Thu Dec 10 12:01:25 CET 2009

Dear Free Pascal Developers ,

During filling a bug report , the report page has been disappeared
( due to one of my key presses I do not know which key it was ) on 
closing of Firefox .
And a new bug report page could not be obtained for reporting because an 
empty page is displayed . If any defective page remained in bug tracker 
from me , I only apologize for inconvenience to you .

I am repeating the problem below :

Assume there is a record declared within a source included into 
interface part of a unit which
it contains ONLY type declarations in its interface part ( where 
implementation part is empty ) .

Type R = record
          v1 : ...
          v2 : ...
          end ;

The program having around 750 units ( distributed over different 
directories )
  use that type unit and compiles successfully with
the following compilers ( all of them in Windows XP Professional ) :

FPC 2.3.1 from May 2008 Trunk ,
FPC 2.3.1 from Lazarus 0.9.29 SVN 22930
FPC 2.4.0rc1 .

If any change is applied in any part of a unit executable source ( all 
of the sources are in
different files included into units ) , compilation with Make option in 
FPC.CFG re-compiles
the program successfully .


Assume that into the following type , one or more new variables are added :

Type R = record
          v1 : ...
          v2 : ...
          X : Integer ;
          Y : String [ 120 ] ;
          end ;

When the same program is compiled with Make option in FPC.CFG , the 
above compilers produce the following error messages :

Error : Unknown record field identifier ¨X¨
Error : Unknown record field identifier ¨Y¨

This means that change in the type record is not recognized by the 
compilers .

Types of the added variables are not important ( do not affect the 
production of error messages ) .

The only work around is to build programs after each such record content 
changes .

For every such record type modifications I am getting the above errors .
I did not report that issue previously because new releases issued after
FPC 2.3.1 May 2008 Trunk compiler .

As of today ( 2009-December-10 ) I have encountered the same error with
the above compilers . This shows that the error is persisting .

I did not apply any test whether that error is produced when a type is 
included directly into a unit source because I never write such a type 
into a unit source directly .

Thank you very much .

Mehmet Erol Sanliturk

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