FPCDocs Tutorial

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This tutorial will guide you through getting the latest FreePascal docs sources and generating documentation from it. Please see the official documentation [3] for more details.

November 2011: I'm having trouble generating docs, and finding documentation on it, so I decided to start this page to help me and others. Please feel free to update/add info (and remove this notice when it actually works ;) --BigChimp 05:11, 22 November 2011 (CET)


  • A working FreePascal environment must be installed (e.g. a stable version from a Debian repository). See [1] for more details.
  • Having a working Lazarus installed may not hurt
  • As the documentation needs FPC source files, you will need the latest source from git. See [1] on how to get that.
  • The fpcdocs:
svn co http://svn.freepascal.org/svn/fpcdocs/trunk fpcdocs
  • Some tex programs: texlive, tex4ht, and dvi2tty if you want to generate plain-text documents (for DOS, mainly). The package names may differ depending on your distribution. The files a4.sty and moveverb.sty.
    • Ubuntu 12:
      apt-get install tex4ht texlive-binaries texlive-latex-base texlive-latex-recommended texlive-latex-extra


I'm assuming you're running on Linux; apparently generating docs on Windows is not supported. Also, this tutorial assumes you have a stable system-wide installation of FPC and Lazarus, and a working SVN version of FPC with proper fpc.cfg. Finally, you have your SVN FPC source and fpcdocs directories set up like this:

~/fpc/fpcdocs       #contains SVN http://svn.freepascal.org/svn/fpcdocs/trunk
~/fpc/fpcsrc        #contains FPC sources, e.g. http://svn.freepascal.org/svn/fpc/branches/fixes_2_6
~/fpc/fpcsrc/compiler/utils/msg2inc.pp  #contains FPC msg2inc tool

Generating documentation

make clean
sh fixdocs.sh

write me ;)