[fpc-pascal] Procedure types

Mark Morgan Lloyd markMLl.fpc-pascal at telemetry.co.uk
Fri Dec 19 19:59:13 CET 2008

I've got a few thousand lines of Pascal which I'm converting to FPC. 
It's actually the Meta-2 compiler-compiler which despite its age I still 
find useful for embedded script processing, I hope eventually to get it 
running on SPARC and possibly ARM as well as x86. Linux will not be the 
first OS this code has run on, by any means.

This code was originally written using MT+86, but compatibility with 
that has been sacrificed and it now works with TopSpeed Pascal, TP5.5 
and Delphi. Because it is still compilable with TopSpeed which doesn't 
use the "standard" directive and conditional-compilation format I'm 
having to be very careful with the source.

In one place I am checking a number of procedure variables which are 
actually callbacks for reading input etc., if they're NIL then default 
procedures are used instead. For portability I have defined myself a 



IF AddressOf(source) <> NIL THEN
   state.source:= source
   state.source:= dummyRead;

That works OK with the other compilers but when compiling with FPC it 
reports "Wrong number of parameters specified for call to "<Procedure 

If instead I use

IF @source <> NIL THEN
   state.source:= source
   state.source:= dummyRead;

that works with FPC and probably other Borland-style compilers, but not 
with TopSpeed.

Is there a directive or mode that will allow a procedure variable to be 
compatible with AddressOf() as defined? Alternatively is there a type 
which is compatible with any procedure variable (i.e. like Modula-2's 
PROC, if my memory is correct), and can I overload AddressOf() to handle 
the specific case of a procedure passed as parameter while leaving it 
tolerant of other types?

Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk

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