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0038076pas2jstranspilerpublic2020-12-29 03:40
ReporterSven Barth Assigned ToMattias Gaertner  
Status resolvedResolutionfixed 
Product Versiontrunk 
Summary0038076: Hint about local variable being assigned, but not used for record field
DescriptionIf I have a record type and don't explicitly read from a field somewhere , but do write to it, then the transpiler will bring the hint "Hint: Local variable "xxx" is assigned but never used".
Steps To ReproduceCompile attached example.
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Fixed in Revision
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Sven Barth

2020-11-13 15:59


trectype.pp (203 bytes)   
program trectype;

  TTest = record
    f1: Integer;
    f2: Integer;

function Test: TTest;
  Result.f1 := 42;
  Result.f2 := 21;

trectype.pp (203 bytes)   

Mattias Gaertner

2020-11-28 11:51

manager   ~0127233

In this particular example the hint is correct. The f2 is never read.

Mattias Gaertner

2020-11-28 11:52

manager   ~0127234

OTOH when passing the record to an untyped or jsvalue value, then the analyzer should mark all fields as used. Maybe you mean this case?

Sven Barth

2020-11-28 16:00

developer   ~0127239

For what it's worth FPC or Delphi do not complain if a field of a record isn't used, only if the whole variable isn't used in any way. After all I might use a record from some unit where I'm only interested in some fields, but the routine to populate the record fills all anyway.

For example imagine this:

=== code begin ===

  Types, SomeUnit;

  s: TSize;
  s := GetScreenSize; // from SomeUnit
  if < 1024 then
    Writeln('You poor soul')
    Writeln('Your screen is wide enough');

=== code end ===

Should there really be a hint about being assigned, but unused when I'm not interested in it at all?

Mattias Gaertner

2020-11-28 16:34

manager   ~0127241

The argument of "I'm only interested..all anyway" is applicable to all such hints, not only record fields.
About Delphi/fpc compatibility: pas2js differ here from Delphi/FPC, as records are not continuous blocks of memory, and pas2js can omit fields.

Maybe there can be a separate msg number for record fields, so users can disable this particular type of half used field.

Mattias Gaertner

2020-12-29 03:40

manager   ~0127886

There now separate hints:
4501 field "x" not used
4502 field "x" assigned but never used

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2020-11-13 15:59 Sven Barth New Issue
2020-11-13 15:59 Sven Barth File Added: trectype.pp
2020-11-28 11:47 Mattias Gaertner Assigned To => Mattias Gaertner
2020-11-28 11:47 Mattias Gaertner Status new => assigned
2020-11-28 11:51 Mattias Gaertner Note Added: 0127233
2020-11-28 11:52 Mattias Gaertner Status assigned => feedback
2020-11-28 11:52 Mattias Gaertner Note Added: 0127234
2020-11-28 16:00 Sven Barth Note Added: 0127239
2020-11-28 16:00 Sven Barth Status feedback => assigned
2020-11-28 16:34 Mattias Gaertner Note Added: 0127241
2020-12-29 03:40 Mattias Gaertner Status assigned => resolved
2020-12-29 03:40 Mattias Gaertner Resolution open => fixed
2020-12-29 03:40 Mattias Gaertner Note Added: 0127886