FORT77(1P) POSIX Programmer's Manual FORT77(1P)
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fort77 - FORTRAN compiler (FORTRAN)
fort77 [-c][-g][-L directory]... [-O optlevel][-o outfile][-s][-w]
The fort77 utility is the interface to the FORTRAN compilation system; it shall accept the full FORTRAN-77 language defined by the
ANSI X3.9-1978 standard. The system conceptually consists of a compiler and link editor. The files referenced by operands are compiled and
linked to produce an executable file. It is unspecified whether the linking occurs entirely within the operation of fort77; some implemen-
tations may produce objects that are not fully resolved until the file is executed.
If the -c option is present, for all pathname operands of the form file .f, the files:
shall be created or overwritten as the result of successful compilation. If the -c option is not specified, it is unspecified whether such
.o files are created or deleted for the file .f operands.
If there are no options that prevent link editing (such as -c) and all operands compile and link without error, the resulting executable
file shall be written into the file named by the -o option (if present) or to the file a.out. The executable file shall be created as
specified in the System Interfaces volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, except that the file permissions shall be set to:
S_IRWXO | S_IRWXG | S_IRWXU
and that the bits specified by the umask of the process shall be cleared.
The fort77 utility shall conform to the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Section 12.2, Utility Syntax Guidelines, except
* The -l library operands have the format of options, but their position within a list of operands affects the order in which libraries
* The order of specifying the multiple -L options is significant.
* Conforming applications shall specify each option separately; that is, grouping option letters (for example, -cg) need not be recognized
by all implementations.
The following options shall be supported:
-c Suppress the link-edit phase of the compilation, and do not remove any object files that are produced.
-g Produce symbolic information in the object or executable files; the nature of this information is unspecified, and may be modified
by implementation-defined interactions with other options.
-s Produce object or executable files, or both, from which symbolic and other information not required for proper execution using the
exec family of functions defined in the System Interfaces volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 has been removed (stripped). If both -g and
-s options are present, the action taken is unspecified.
Use the pathname outfile, instead of the default a.out, for the executable file produced. If the -o option is present with -c, the
result is unspecified.
Change the algorithm of searching for the libraries named in -l operands to look in the directory named by the directory pathname
before looking in the usual places. Directories named in -L options shall be searched in the specified order. At least ten instances
of this option shall be supported in a single fort77 command invocation. If a directory specified by a -L option contains a file
named libf.a, the results are unspecified.
Specify the level of code optimization. If the optlevel option-argument is the digit '0', all special code optimizations shall be
disabled. If it is the digit '1', the nature of the optimization is unspecified. If the -O option is omitted, the nature of the sys-
tem's default optimization is unspecified. It is unspecified whether code generated in the presence of the -O 0 option is the same
as that generated when -O is omitted. Other optlevel values may be supported.
-w Suppress warnings.
Multiple instances of -L options can be specified.
An operand is either in the form of a pathname or the form -l library. At least one operand of the pathname form shall be specified. The
following operands shall be supported:
file.f The pathname of a FORTRAN source file to be compiled and optionally passed to the link editor. The filename operand shall be of this
form if the -c option is used.
file.a A library of object files typically produced by ar, and passed directly to the link editor. Implementations may recognize implemen-
tation-defined suffixes other than .a as denoting object file libraries.
file.o An object file produced by fort77 -c and passed directly to the link editor. Implementations may recognize implementation-defined
suffixes other than .o as denoting object files.
The processing of other files is implementation-defined.
(The letter ell.) Search the library named:
A library is searched when its name is encountered, so the placement of a -l operand is significant. Several standard libraries can be
specified in this manner, as described in the EXTENDED DESCRIPTION section. Implementations may recognize implementation-defined suffixes
other than .a as denoting libraries.
The input file shall be one of the following: a text file containing FORTRAN source code; an object file in the format produced by fort77
-c; or a library of object files, in the format produced by archiving zero or more object files, using ar. Implementations may supply addi-
tional utilities that produce files in these formats. Additional input files are implementation-defined.
A <tab> encountered within the first six characters on a line of source code shall cause the compiler to interpret the following character
as if it were the seventh character on the line (that is, in column 7).
The following environment variables shall affect the execution of fort77:
LANG Provide a default value for the internationalization variables that are unset or null. (See the Base Definitions volume of
IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Section 8.2, Internationalization Variables for the precedence of internationalization variables used to
determine the values of locale categories.)
LC_ALL If set to a non-empty string value, override the values of all the other internationalization variables.
Determine the locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of text data as characters (for example, single-byte as opposed to
multi-byte characters in arguments and input files).
Determine the locale that should be used to affect the format and contents of diagnostic messages written to standard error.
Determine the location of message catalogs for the processing of LC_MESSAGES .
TMPDIR Determine the pathname that should override the default directory for temporary files, if any.
The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages. If more than one file operand ending in .f (or possibly other unspecified
suffixes) is given, for each such file:
may be written to allow identification of the diagnostic message with the appropriate input file.
This utility may produce warning messages about certain conditions that do not warrant returning an error (non-zero) exit value.
Object files, listing files, and executable files shall be produced in unspecified formats.
The fort77 utility shall recognize the following -l operand for the standard library:
-l f This library contains all functions referenced in the ANSI X3.9-1978 standard. This operand shall not be required to be present to
cause a search of this library.
In the absence of options that inhibit invocation of the link editor, such as -c, the fort77 utility shall cause the equivalent of a -l f
operand to be passed to the link editor as the last -l operand, causing it to be searched after all other object files and libraries are
It is unspecified whether the library libf.a exists as a regular file. The implementation may accept as -l operands names of objects that
do not exist as regular files.
The FORTRAN compiler and link editor shall support the significance of external symbols up to a length of at least 31 bytes; case folding
is permitted. The action taken upon encountering symbols exceeding the implementation-defined maximum symbol length is unspecified.
The compiler and link editor shall support a minimum of 511 external symbols per source or object file, and a minimum of 4095 external sym-
bols total. A diagnostic message is written to standard output if the implementation-defined limit is exceeded; other actions are unspeci-
The following exit values shall be returned:
0 Successful compilation or link edit.
>0 An error occurred.
CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
When fort77 encounters a compilation error, it shall write a diagnostic to standard error and continue to compile other source code oper-
ands. It shall return a non-zero exit status, but it is implementation-defined whether an object module is created. If the link edit is
unsuccessful, a diagnostic message shall be written to standard error, and fort77 shall exit with a non-zero status.
The following sections are informative.
The following usage example compiles xyz.f and creates the executable file foo:
fort77 -o foo xyz.f
The following example compiles xyz.f and creates the object file xyz.o:
fort77 -c xyz.f
The following example compiles xyz.f and creates the executable file a.out:
The following example compiles xyz.f, links it with b.o, and creates the executable a.out:
fort77 xyz.f b.o
The name of this utility was chosen as fort77 to parallel the renaming of the C compiler. The name f77 was not chosen to avoid problems
with historical implementations. The ANSI X3.9-1978 standard was selected as a normative reference because the ISO/IEC version of FOR-
TRAN-77 has been superseded by the ISO/IEC 1539:1990 standard (Fortran-90).
The file inclusion and symbol definition #define mechanisms used by the c99 utility were not included in this volume of
IEEE Std 1003.1-2001-even though they are commonly implemented-since there is no requirement that the FORTRAN compiler use the C preproces-
The -onetrip option was not included in this volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, even though many historical compilers support it, because it
is derived from FORTRAN-66; it is an anachronism that should not be perpetuated.
Some implementations produce compilation listings. This aspect of FORTRAN has been left unspecified because there was controversy concern-
ing the various methods proposed for implementing it: a -V option overlapped with historical vendor practice and a naming convention of
creating files with .l suffixes collided with historical lex file naming practice.
There is no -I option in this version of this volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 to specify a directory for file inclusion. An INCLUDE direc-
tive has been a part of the Fortran-90 discussions, but an interface supporting that standard is not in the current scope.
It is noted that many FORTRAN compilers produce an object module even when compilation errors occur; during a subsequent compilation, the
compiler may patch the object module rather than recompiling all the code. Consequently, it is left to the implementor whether or not an
object file is created.
A reference to MIL-STD-1753 was removed from an early proposal in response to a request from the POSIX FORTRAN-binding standard developers.
It was not the intention of the standard developers to require certification of the FORTRAN compiler, and IEEE Std 1003.9-1992 does not
specify the military standard or any special preprocessing requirements. Furthermore, use of that document would have been inappropriate
for an international standard.
The specification of optimization has been subject to changes through early proposals. At one time, -O and -N were Booleans: optimize and
do not optimize (with an unspecified default). Some historical practice led this to be changed to:
-O 0 No optimization.
-O 1 Some level of optimization.
-O n Other, unspecified levels of optimization.
It is not always clear whether "good code generation" is the same thing as optimization. Simple optimizations of local actions do not usu-
ally affect the semantics of a program. The -O 0 option has been included to accommodate the very particular nature of scientific calcula-
tions in a highly optimized environment; compilers make errors. Some degree of optimization is expected, even if it is not documented here,
and the ability to shut it off completely could be important when porting an application. An implementation may treat -O 0 as "do less than
normal" if it wishes, but this is only meaningful if any of the operations it performs can affect the semantics of a program. It is highly
dependent on the implementation whether doing less than normal is logical. It is not the intent of the -O 0 option to ask for inefficient
code generation, but rather to assure that any semantically visible optimization is suppressed.
The specification of standard library access is consistent with the C compiler specification. Implementations are not required to have
/usr/lib/libf.a, as many historical implementations do, but if not they are required to recognize f as a token.
External symbol size limits are in normative text; conforming applications need to know these limits. However, the minimum maximum symbol
length should be taken as a constraint on a conforming application, not on an implementation, and consequently the action taken for a sym-
bol exceeding the limit is unspecified. The minimum size for the external symbol table was added for similar reasons.
The CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS section clearly specifies the behavior of the compiler when compilation or link-edit errors occur. The behavior
of several historical implementations was examined, and the choice was made to be silent on the status of the executable, or a.out, file in
the face of compiler or linker errors. If a linker writes the executable file, then links it on disk with lseek()s and write()s, the par-
tially linked executable file can be left on disk and its execute bits turned off if the link edit fails. However, if the linker links the
image in memory before writing the file to disk, it need not touch the executable file (if it already exists) because the link edit fails.
Since both approaches are historical practice, a conforming application shall rely on the exit status of fort77, rather than on the exis-
tence or mode of the executable file.
The -g and -s options are not specified as mutually-exclusive. Historically these two options have been mutually-exclusive, but because
both are so loosely specified, it seemed appropriate to leave their interaction unspecified.
The requirement that conforming applications specify compiler options separately is to reserve the multi-character option name space for
vendor-specific compiler options, which are known to exist in many historical implementations. Implementations are not required to recog-
nize, for example, -gc as if it were -g -c; nor are they forbidden from doing so. The SYNOPSIS shows all of the options separately to high-
light this requirement on applications.
Echoing filenames to standard error is considered a diagnostic message because it would otherwise be difficult to associate an error mes-
sage with the erring file. They are described with "may" to allow implementations to use other methods of identifying files and to parallel
the description in c99.
A compilation system based on the ISO/IEC 1539:1990 standard (Fortran-90) may be considered for a future version; it may have a different
utility name from fort77.
ar, asa, c99, umask(), the System Interfaces volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, exec
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ogy -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE
and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained
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