[fpc-pascal] About fpc license.

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Fri Apr 10 14:30:50 CEST 2020

On Fri, 10 Apr 2020, fredvs via fpc-pascal wrote:

>> I'm surprised you want to distribute your own version of the compiler. 
> Huh, https://bugs.freepascal.org/view.php?id=32367
> No answer, no no good will, hate, dont want to understand, ... --->
> conclusion:
> https://github.com/fredvs/freepascal

Maybe a ping to reopen the discussion here could solve your problem as well?

I agree with Florian's comment:

"I think the proposal not to mess with the filename if it is preceeded by : sounds reasonable to me."

So I think we can simply allow the version number to be specified.
It's a simple enough change, doesn't harm existing code.

We don't need to use this mechanism ourselves (I've never needed it), 
but I don't see why we should forbid the user to do so, specially since it
doesn't harm existing code at all.

Even gcc allows it.


clearly the need exists.

To fork a compiler over such a minor issue seems a bit overkill to me.


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