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FPC 2.6.0 released (Announce)

posted by marcov(R), 02.01.2012, 15:12

Free Pascal 2.6.0 has been released. I don't expect much change in the dos port since 2.4.4, but at least it is still there :-)


first, FPC core wants to wish a happy 2012!

To start the new year with a bang, a new major release
of Free Pascal, version 2.6.0, was uploaded to our FTP servers.

Changes that may break backwards compatibility are documented at:

For Downloads, please use the FTP server at

and sourceforge

as much possible.


The Free Pascal Compiler Team

Free Pascal Compiler

Version 2.6.0

What's New in 2.6.0

Free Pascal 2.6.0 is a new major version of the Free Pascal compiler.

Please also see for a list
of changes that may affect the behaviour of previously working code, and
how to cope with these changes.

Some highlights are:

* iPhoneSimulator target

* Many new language features:
* Objective-Pascal dialect, supported on all Mac OS X and iOS targets
* constref parameter modifier for "const by reference"
* Pascal boolean types with multiple sizes (boolean16/32/64)
* ISO 7185 language mode (except for I/O). Features amongst others:
* nested procedure variables
* non-local goto's
* Mac Pascal mode improvements
* nested procedure variables
* univ modifier
* Intrinsics
* sar (shift arithmetic right)
* bsf/bsr (bitscan forward/reverse)
* Delphi compatibility mode improvements
* Nested types, class variables and class local constants
* Advanced records syntax (no constructors yet)
* ( Enumerators in records
* Class and record helpers
* Generic records, arrays and procedural types
* Delphi-compatibility of generics improved
* Scoped enumerations
* Custom messages for "deprecated" directive
* Ability to use "&" for escaping keywords
* New ARM code generator features
* ARM VFPv2 and VFPv3 floating point unit support
* Thumb-2 support

* Many improvements to the rtl
* Many improvements to the database units (fcl-db)
* Objective-Pascal interfaces to Foundation, AppKit, CoreData and WebCore
* OpenGL headers updated to OpenGL 4.0

Details about these new features can be found at

See for the list of reported
bugs that have been fixed in this release.
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