[Lazarus] Where to define conditionals for FPC

Bo Berglund bo.berglund at gmail.com
Mon May 11 09:33:35 CEST 2020

On Sun, 10 May 2020 14:37:12 +0200, Marc Weustink via lazarus
<lazarus at lists.lazarus-ide.org> wrote:

>The last weeks, since I'm working from home, I've been converting a lot 
>of our Delphi 6 projects. I only use the convertor to get a Lazarus 
>project from a dpr. All other changes I revert. The convertor breaks 
>more than it fixes. Like in your case we still release our software 
>build by Delphi. Once I have the lpi, I never use the convertor again. 
>So it cannot touch defines and such.

I have a few questions:

1) Lazarus project file conversion
You state that you just use the converter to get a project in Lazarus
from the Delphi dpr file.
Exactly how do you do this?

2) Lazarus project file (lpi)
When you convert to Lazarus are you also getting an lpi file?
And does the lpi file contain references into the Delphi install
The lpi file from my first (failed) conversion contains stuff like

      <IncludeFiles Value="C:\Programs\CodeGear\RAD
      <OtherUnitFiles Value="C:\Programs\CodeGear\RAD
      <UnitOutputDirectory Value="..\bin"/>

      <CustomOptions Value="-dBorland -dVer150 -dDelphi7
-dCompiler6_Up -dPUREPASCAL"/>

The lpr file looks pretty much like the dpr original except for the
{$MODE Delphi}

3) Compiling same code with Delphi and FPC?
Do you convert your projects (manually) to make it possible to use
both Delphi and Lazarus as the IDE for further work on the same
If so do you have any hints as to what to look out for?

What I am doing now is that inside Delphi 2007 I am editing all of the
project files and adding this on top:

  {$MODE Delphi}

I also replace the uses reference to Windows with this (which is what
the converter dir in the failed run):


Then I am also using conditionals to exclude functions relying on
Delphi-only units and replacing these with "neutral" units.
For example I am enabling Registry usage only if on Windows and
instead use conf files on Linux. The built in Lazarus Registry unit
handling of Registry calls on Linux is too complex for me...

And I am also purging no longer wanted old functions...

Grateful for any suggestions and advice!

Bo Berglund
Developer in Sweden

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