[fpc-pascal] FPC releases for Win64 - 2.6.2 & 2.6.4 versus 3.0.0

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Thu Apr 7 18:11:59 CEST 2016

On Thu, 7 Apr 2016, Graeme Geldenhuys wrote:

> Hi,
> No my Win64 VM I have FPC 2.6.2 and 2.6.4 installed using the official
> FPC installers. For example:  fpc-2.6.4.x86_64-win64.exe
> I wanted to upgrade my VM to FPC 3.0.0, but I don't seem to find an
> official Win64 release like prior versions. All I can find as a what I
> assume is a 32-bit cross-complier to win64:
>   fpc-3.0.0.i386-win32.cross.x86_64-win64.exe
> Why did FPC stop making official native win64 compilers?  Or is this
> just a naming convension change?

The windows team doesn't think there are sufficient reasons/arguments 
for a 64-bit native compiler.

(So, I roll my own. Luckily, this is not that hard)

> ps:
>  How do I know if a program (executable) is 32-bit or 64-bit under
>  Windows?  Using Unix-like OSes, I can simply use the "file"
>  command. What is the equivalent under Windows?

Right-click in explorer, 'Properties', and then 'details'  or so ?

> ps #2:
>  Why doesn't the Free Pascal SourceForge page contain a "Win64" folder.
>  The prior FPC releases, the native 64-bit installations are filed
>  under the "Win32" folder. This seems a bit confusing.

See above.


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