[fpc-pascal]How do I get started?

Jonathan Gold jonnygee at pacbell.net
Fri Apr 13 16:34:16 CEST 2001

Thanks Jonas. I haven't got the time to check all those ways yet, but your
'b' has got me up and running. There were so many .exe files, and I did try
a couple -- but without visible result. I'm afraid their names were just a
little too cryptic for this newbie to decipher. Thanks for your help,


> -----Original Message-----
> From: fpc-pascal-admin at deadlock.et.tudelft.nl
> [mailto:fpc-pascal-admin at deadlock.et.tudelft.nl]On Behalf Of Jonas
> Sent: Friday, April 13, 2001 12:14 AM
> To: fpc-pascal at deadlock.et.tudelft.nl
> Subject: Re: [fpc-pascal]How do I get started?
> On Friday, April 13, 2001, at 07:42 AM, Jonathan Gold wrote:
> > And... I don't know how to use what I've downloaded. I've looked at the
> > ReadMe's, the PDF manual. I type in (at the DOS prompt) the things they
> > suggest. I keep getting Bad File Command or something like
> that. In Windows,
> There are 3 ways to use FPC:
> a) the command line compiler:
> You probably still have to add the directory that contains the
> FPC executables to your path. To do this, open c:\autoexec.bat in
> notepad, look for a line that starts with "PATH=", add a ";" at
> the end of that line (if there isn't one yet) and then add the
> bin directory of your fpc installation (which is most likely
> something like "c:\pp\bin\win32"). Next, to compile something, type
> ppc386 filename.pas
> in a Dos window. You can create the pascal source files in any
> text editor you like, as long as you save them as *.txt files
> (note that if you save them then as filename.pas, you probably
> end up with filename.pas.txt). You may want to search for a
> programmer's text editor on the net instead.
> b) the "official" IDE
> Go to c:\pp\bin\win32 (replace c:\pp with the directory where you
> installed FPC) and doubleclick on fp.exe. Then you'll get the
> (text mode) IDE. It's still in beta thogh and not yet 100% stable
> (especially not the version that shipped with 1.0.4 of the compiler).
> c) a third party IDE
> This may be the preferred option for you. There are several for
> Windows, have a look at the links section of the website (FPE and FPIDE).
> Jonas
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