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0036658FPCCompilerpublic2020-02-15 12:07
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Status newResolutionopen 
Platformwin32OSWindowsOS Version10
Product VersionProduct BuildFPC 3.2 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0036658: @getArrayPtr[i] errors
Descriptiongetting an element pointer (PInteger)
via function result (which is array-pointer PIntArray):

{$mode delphi}, {$modeswitch autoderef}
type PIntArray = ^TIntArray;
type TIntArray = array[0..3] of integer;

In the test project, see:
p := @getArrayPtr^[1]; // Error: Illegal qualifier
p := @(getArrayPtr^[1]); // at runtime: wrong pointer
p := @(gate.getArrayPtr[1]); // Fatal: Syntax error, ")" expected but "[" found
p := @gate.getArrayPtr[1]; // Error: Illegal qualifier
For comparison, no problems with counterparts to above:
p := @gate.getArrayPtr^[1]; // ok
p := @(pints^[1]); // ok
p := @(getArrayPtr[1]); // ok
p := @getArrayPtr[1]; // ok
Additional InformationProduct Version 3.2 was not selectable in this report form.
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2020-02-04 19:49


project2.lpr (1,773 bytes)

Thaddy de Koning

2020-02-06 11:04

reporter   ~0120897

You should use the correct type (PInteger) instead of an opaque pointer.
Anyway, there is more wrong, because when I compile your code as-is with trunk, it throws an internal error and not a runtime error:
fpc -vwhnql -Fu/home/asta/synapse:/usr/local/lib/fpc/3.3.1/units/arm-linux/*:/home/asta/fpc331/packages/graph/* -Fl/usr/lib/gcc/arm-linux-gnueabihf/6.3.0 -B -CX -XXs "project2.lpr" (in directory: /home/asta/Downloads)
Hint: (11030) Start of reading config file /etc/fpc.cfg
Hint: (11031) End of reading config file /etc/fpc.cfg
Free Pascal Compiler version 3.3.1-r44120 [2020/02/06] for arm
Copyright (c) 1993-2020 by Florian Klaempfl and others
(1002) Target OS: Linux for ARMHF
(3104) Compiling project2.lpr
2 228/992 Kb Used
project2.lpr(29,5) Note: (5027) Local variable "n" is assigned but never used
project2.lpr(45,23) Fatal: Internal error 2019050529 <<< this is much worse than a runtime error
Fatal: (1018) Compilation aborted
Error: /usr/local/bin/ppcarm returned an error exitcode
Compilation failed.

When I cast the offending line with PInteger instead of @, the code works, though.

Thaddy de Koning

2020-02-06 11:37

reporter   ~0120898

Last edited: 2020-02-06 11:38

View 2 revisions

I used trunk-r44120
This code at least works, but the internal error on your original code should be fixed anyway:
procedure testFuncResult;
var n: integer; p: PInteger;
n := getArrayPtr[1]; // ok
p := @(getArrayPtr[1]); piCheck(p); // ok
p := @getArrayPtr[1]; piCheck(p); // ok
p := PInteger(getArrayPtr^[1]); piCheck(p); // Ok <<----
p := PInteger(getArrayPtr^[1]); piCheck(p); // Ok <<----
p := @(getArrayPtr()[1]); piCheck(p); // ok
p := @(getArrayPtr()^[1]); piCheck(p); // ok


2020-02-06 12:46

reporter   ~0120899

Thaddy, your wrong typecast (PInteger(getArrayPtr^[1])),
from integer to pointer, will produce wrong addresses.
(And please don't use this as beginner thread here)

And with "at runtime" is meant: a wrong address is returned (silently).
This can be overseen until end-users see a consequence.

Thanks for testing FPC trunk, good to know (internal error).


2020-02-09 13:58

reporter   ~0120966

Just extended the test to include non-delphi mode.
It can be noticed that the whole test would work
if the parser would treat "getArrayPtr" like "getArrayPtr()".

Note: combination (autoderefOn and pointermathOn) is not in the test,
because this needs the 0035745 bugfix.

project3.lpr (3,316 bytes)


2020-02-11 08:13

reporter   ~0121010

Added two defines to allow testing more mode-combinations.

project4.lpr (3,891 bytes)


2020-02-15 12:07

reporter   ~0121105

Having replaced TIntArray with TIntRecord; shows similar problems:
pi := @getRecordPtr^.y; // modeDelphi: Error: Illegal qualifier
pi := @(getRecordPtr^.y); // modeDelphi: Error: Illegal qualifier
pr := @gate.getRecordPtr[1]; // pointermath: Error: Illegal qualifier
pr := @(gate.getRecordPtr[1]); // pointermath: Fatal: Syntax error, ")" expected but "[" found

project4r.lpr (3,697 bytes)

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2020-02-04 19:49 nanobit New Issue
2020-02-04 19:49 nanobit File Added: project2.lpr
2020-02-06 11:04 Thaddy de Koning Note Added: 0120897
2020-02-06 11:37 Thaddy de Koning Note Added: 0120898
2020-02-06 11:38 Thaddy de Koning Note Edited: 0120898 View Revisions
2020-02-06 12:46 nanobit Note Added: 0120899
2020-02-09 13:58 nanobit File Added: project3.lpr
2020-02-09 13:58 nanobit Note Added: 0120966
2020-02-11 08:13 nanobit File Added: project4.lpr
2020-02-11 08:13 nanobit Note Added: 0121010
2020-02-15 12:07 nanobit File Added: project4r.lpr
2020-02-15 12:07 nanobit Note Added: 0121105