[fpc-pascal] Pre-allocated TFPGList or similar

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Sun Nov 24 12:14:35 CET 2019

On Sun, 24 Nov 2019, Sven Barth via fpc-pascal wrote:

> Am 24.11.2019 um 10:14 schrieb Michael Van Canneyt:
>> On Sun, 24 Nov 2019, Sven Barth via fpc-pascal wrote:
>>> Am 23.11.2019 um 23:42 schrieb Ryan Joseph via fpc-pascal:
>>>> I need a pre-grown list which I can put (not insert!) items into at 
>>>> indexes 
>>> without getting "List index out of bounds" errors. For example I want 
>>> to start with a list that has 10 empty indexes:
>>>> list := TList.Create(10); // 10 empty slots!
>>>> list[5] := someItem;
>>>> Is this possible using any list type in the RTL? Actually I'd rather 
>>>> just 
>>> disable all the out of bounds errors becauseĀ  I need some performant 
>>> which isn't making more checks than need be. I want to use a 
>>> heap-based list because the it may need to grow later.
>>> What you're looking for is the Count property. Setting it is 
>>> supported by the untyped lists in Classes, the generic ones in FGL as 
>>> well as those in Generics.Collections.
>> Better yet, use Capacity.
>> Count is meant to set the number of slots actually used.
>> Capacity is the number of allocated slots.
> But the setter for the items checks against Count, not Capacity, so the 
> code I showed will fail if used with Capacity instead of Count. At least 
> both properties should be set to work correctly.

You are correct.

I meant to indicate that it is the capacity property that controls the


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