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Ruptor

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Serial in uses not found
« on: August 17, 2015, 12:39:20 am »
I have created a program with the example code from the wiki that uses the FPC internal serial code but the compiler says "Cannot find serial used by unit1". It seemed like a simple piece of test code that would get me off the ground but it can't find itself let alone run. Any suggestions since serial is supposed to have been part of FPC since version 2.2.2 and I am running 2.6.4 svnr 48774 under Laz 1.4.0?

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Re: Serial in uses not found
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2015, 01:07:43 am »
There is an (old) serial.pp unit, but it's for Unix. May be you're using Windows or any non Unix/Linux OS, aren't you ?
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Re: Serial in uses not found
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2015, 02:11:56 am »
Hi Chris
The example is here and says it is for Win7
http://wiki.lazarus.freepascal.org/Hardware_Access
Section 4.4 FPC built in serial unit.

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Re: Serial in uses not found
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2015, 04:24:08 am »
Well, apparently the windows unit is not present in all FPC source releases (absent into the current 2.6.4 release). But it's present into the current trunk version.

So, you can download only it from here, for instance (Graemeg's mirror):
https://github.com/graemeg/freepascal/blob/master/packages/rtl-extra/src/win/serial.pp

or from the FPC SVN repository if you already use it (in ...\packages\rtl-extra\src\win).
« Last Edit: August 17, 2015, 05:03:08 am by ChrisF »

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Re: Serial in uses not found
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2015, 11:16:54 am »
It might only be starting with 3.0.0.

At least 3.x compiles serial for  android,linux,netbsd,openbsd,win32 and win64

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Re: Serial in uses not found
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2015, 11:48:07 am »
Ok Guys thanks. What is your recommendation for a route to getting a simple cross platform serial port to work. Is it get FPC 3.x, Synaser, 5dpo, or Tlazserial? Like always there is an infinite number of things that seem to do the same thing and it confuses my poor little brain. :-\

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Re: Serial in uses not found
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2015, 12:54:22 pm »
hello,
what do you want to do with your serial access ? is it for a console or a gui  application ?
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Re: Serial in uses not found
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2015, 01:07:12 pm »
A GUI for talking to a frequency generator on a serial to USB adapter then maybe multiple adapters. Why does it make a difference isn't a program a program whether it has a GUI or not? I am not an expert high level programmer my background is embedded so to me code is just a flow of bits and what it looks like at the top doesn't really matter.
Oh is it that the operating system gets in the way with a GUI but not with a console program?
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Re: Serial in uses not found
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2015, 01:31:59 pm »
TLazserial is a visual component only for GUI application  :P . It uses synaser as serial  library.
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Re: Serial in uses not found
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2015, 02:05:35 pm »
Why does it make a difference isn't a program a program whether it has a GUI or not?

Most GUI models keep the main thread free for GUI events. Usually there is  some support for asynchronous components though. Either for asynchronous support in the OS (usually Windows) or emulating it using a thread (read: *nix)

If you want the easiest way you need to honour this difference. If you are a die hard, just stick the component in the thread and arrange your communication between GUI and the  thread.

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Re: Serial in uses not found
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2015, 08:27:36 pm »
Thanks for the explanation Marcov. I found this that has Lazarus & FPC 3 so I can try it with the example Serial unit.
http://free-pascal-lazarus.989080.n3.nabble.com/Lazarus-New-FPC-3-0-and-Lazarus-1-4-Test-Installer-td4040074.html
It also has Arm cross compiler stuff that I want to use so that's neat too. :)

 

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