In addition, dcl2inc produces on stdout a list of Makefile dependencies for the UNIX make(1) utility. These can be appended to the project Makefile to ensure that any subsequent changes to .inc files provoke recompilation of source files that include them.
dcl2inc warns about COMMONs which differ from their first occurrence, and simply copies them to the output .dcn file, instead of replacing them with an INCLUDE statement. Thus, any COMMON statements that are found in the output .dcn files should be examined carefully to determine why they differ: they may well be in error.
Replication of identical data, and bugs arising from subsequent modification of only part of it, is a significant reason why Fortran programming projects should require that COMMON declarations occur in separate include files, so that there is only a single point of definition of any global object.
Even though the Fortran INCLUDE statement was tragically omitted from the 1977 Standard, it has long been implemented by virtually all compiler vendors, and is part of the 1990 Standard. In practice, there is therefore no portability problem associated with use of INCLUDE statements, provided that one avoids nonportable file names. As long as the code obeys Fortran's limit of six-character alphanumeric names, the filenames generated by dcl2inc will be acceptable on all current popular operating systems.
Fortran's default, or IMPLICIT, variable typing is deprecated in modern programming languages, because it encourages sloppy documentation, and worse, bugs due to misspelled variables, or variables that have been truncated because they extend past column 72. If all variables used are explicitly typed, and a compiler option is used to reject all program units with untyped variables, variable spelling and truncation errors can be eliminated.
Variable declarations that have been produced automatically by a tool like ftnchek(1) or pfort(1) have a consistent format that facilitates application of stream editors (e.g. to change array dimensions or rename variables), and simple floating-point precision conversion tools like d2s(1), dtoq(1), dtos(1), qtod(1), s2d(1), and stod(1).
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