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DCCIL .BAT generator - Felix John COLIBRI.

  • abstract : automatic creation of the batch file for Delphi command line compilation
  • key words : Delphi, command line compiler, DCCIL, .BAT, .Net, Delphi 7, Delphi 8, Delphi 2005, configuration file, .DOF, .BDSPROJ, .XML, scanner, parser
  • software used : Windows XP, Delphi 6
  • hardware used : Pentium 1.400Mhz, 256 M memory, 140 G hard disc
  • scope : Delphi 7, Delphi 8, Delphi 2005
  • level : Delphi developer
  • plan :

1 - Introduction

All our papers published on this site include the full source code .ZIP files. To automate the building of those .ZIP we use a bunch of utilities in order to:
  • group all the units directly or indirectly used by the project
  • check the correctness of the files by launching a command line compilation
  • create the .ZIP file
For the .NET versions of Delphi, the information of the pathes used by a project are nested inside of the .BDSPROJ configuration file. This file is in .XML format, and the companion paper delphi_net_bdsproj presented a Delphi unit which analyzes the .XML file.

We are going to use this .XML analyzer to generate the .BAT compilation file.

2 - The .BAT generator

2.1 - DCCIL quick tutorial

DCCIL is the Delphi for .Net command line compiler.

If you type DCCIL from a DOS window, the following help will be displayed:

Borland Delphi for .NET compiler version 17.0
Copyright (c) 1983,2004 Borland Software Corporation
.NET Framework v1.1.4322 loaded

Syntax: dccil [options] filename [options]

-A<unit>=<alias> = Set unit alias
-B = Build all units
-CC = Console target
-CG = GUI target
-D<syms> = Define conditionals
-E<path> = EXE output directory
-H = Output hint messages
-I<paths> = Include directories
-K<addr> = Set image base addr
-LU<packages> = Link to packages/assemblies
-M = Make modified units
-N<path> = unit output directory
-NS<namespaces> = Namespace search path
-Q = Quiet compile
-R<paths> = Resource directories
-U<paths> = Unit directories
-V = Debug information in EXE
-VR = Generate remote debug (RSM)
-W = Output warning messages
-X = set output filename
-Z = Output 'never build' DCPs
-$<dir> = Compiler directive
--help = Show this help screen
--version = Show name and version
--doc = output XML documentation
--clrversion=v1.1.4322 = compile to this .NET CLR version
--drc = output .drcil file
--unsafe[+|-] = allow / disallow use of unsafe code at link time
--default-namespace = set namespace
--depends = output unit dependency information
--platform:[x86|x64] = PE executable format (default x86)
Compiler switches: -$<letter><state> (defaults are shown below)
A- Aligned record fields
B- Full boolean Evaluation
C+ Evaluate assertions at runtime
D+ Debug information
I+ I/O checking
J- Writeable structured consts
L+ Local debug symbols
O+ Optimization
P+ Open string params
Q- Integer overflow checking
R- Range checking
T- Typed @ operator
V+ Strict var-strings
X+ Extended syntax
Y+ Symbol reference info

2.2 - An example of .BAT

Let's take the following project using Windows Forms as an example. This project simply displays some text in a TextEdit, using a tStrings display library u_c_display.

Our path organization is the following:


The pathes which are required by DCCIL are the following:

  • the .EXE path
  • the .DCUIL path
  • the search pathes
  • the packages
Therefore the DCCIL should look like this (without returns and without blank lines):




-U"C:\programs\colibri_win_helpers\win_units" -U"C:\programs\colibri_win_helpers\win_classes"


2.3 - The Delphi generator

In order to build the .BAT
  • we search the "Directories" tag
  • we extract the strings from the tags with "OutputDir", "UnitOutputDir", "SearchPath" and Packages" attribute values
  • we perform some housecleaning on the path strings (changing the relative into absolute etc)

The search for a tag is performed by an enumerator over the XML tree:

procedure find_directory_tags(p_c_xml_textc_xml_text);
    with p_c_xml_text do
  end// find_directory_tags

and the call back checks the attribute value, and then extracts the semi-colon separated strings

procedure c_bds_project_option_analyzer._handle_directory_tag_call_back(p_c_xml_tagc_xml_tag);

  procedure analyze_path_list(p_textStringp_c_dof_stringlisttStringList);
    var l_indexl_lengthInteger;
      l_index:= 1;

      while l_index<= Length(p_textdo
        l_path:= f_string_extract_until_in(p_text, [';'k_return], l_index);

        skip_characters_in(p_text, [';'k_returnk_line_feed], l_index);
    end// analyze_path_list

  procedure add_string_if_key_matches(p_valueStringvar pv_c_dof_stringstStringList);
    var l_c_strings_listtStringList;
      with p_c_xml_tag do
        if f_key_value('Name')= p_value
          then begin
              l_c_strings_list:= f_c_get_strings_list;

              // -- transfer the strings into the DOF lists
              // -- CAUTION: some string ended by RETURN, other with ";" separators

    end// add_string_if_key_matches

  begin // _handle_directory_tag_call_back
    with p_c_xml_tag do
      // -- there is some text between <xxx> and </xxx>
      if f_contains_string
        then begin

    end// with p_c_xml_tag
  end// _handle_directory_tag_call_back

The main project extracts the relevant pathes from .BDSPROJ, and then generates the .BAT, adding the directives (-E, -LU etc), the quotes, the DCCIL and the project name.

Here is a snapshot of the generation:

2.4 - Automation of the compilation

The .BAT is only a step in our .ZIP generation chain. We usually do NOT use the .BAT, but directly invoke DCCIL from a Windows Process, which allows automatic compilation of many .DPR in a row buy finding all the .DPR in a path.

We only resort to .BAT compilation for error diagnostic (the WinExec reports the error, but not the messages). This part has not been included in this utility, but is easy enough to implement.

3 - Download the Sources

Here are the source code files: The .ZIP file(s) contain:
  • the main program (.DPR, .DOF, .RES), the main form (.PAS, .DFM), and any other auxiliary form
  • any .TXT for parameters, samples, test data
  • all units (.PAS) for units
Those .ZIP
  • are self-contained: you will not need any other product (unless expressly mentioned).
  • for Delphi 6 projects, can be used from any folder (the pathes are RELATIVE)
  • will not modify your PC in any way beyond the path where you placed the .ZIP (no registry changes, no path creation etc).
To use the .ZIP:
  • create or select any folder of your choice
  • unzip the downloaded file
  • using Delphi, compile and execute
To remove the .ZIP simply delete the folder.

The Pascal code uses the Alsacian notation, which prefixes identifier by program area: K_onstant, T_ype, G_lobal, L_ocal, P_arametre, F_unction, C_lass etc. This notation is presented in the Alsacian Notation paper.

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4 - Conclusion

We presented a tool generating the batch file which can be used to launch a command line compilation of Delphi for .Net projects.

5 - Other Papers with Source and Links

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Debug and Test
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6 - The author

Felix John COLIBRI works at the Pascal Institute. Starting with Pascal in 1979, he then became involved with Object Oriented Programming, Delphi, Sql, Tcp/Ip, Html, UML. Currently, he is mainly active in the area of custom software development (new projects, maintenance, audits, BDE migration, Delphi Xe_n migrations, refactoring), Delphi Consulting and Delph training. His web site features tutorials, technical papers about programming with full downloadable source code, and the description and calendar of forthcoming Delphi, FireBird, Tcp/IP, Web Services, OOP  /  UML, Design Patterns, Unit Testing training sessions.
Created: nov-04. Last updated: jul-15 - 98 articles, 131 .ZIP sources, 1012 figures
Copyright © Felix J. Colibri 2004 - 2015. All rigths reserved
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