ptop(1)                     ptop source beautifier                     ptop(1)

       ptop - The FPC Pascal configurable source beautifier.

       Origin probably Pascal-TO-Pascal.


       ptop is a more or less configurable source beautifier for pascal
       sources, and specially the ones supported by FPC (which are more or
       less Turbo Pascal or Delphi 2.0 compatible).

       ptop belongs to the FPC utils package, which currently also contains
       ppdep , h2pas , ppudump and ppumove

       ptop basically reformats "infile" and outputs the result to "outfile".
       ituses a configuration file explained further below, and can generate a
       default configurationfile for you to edit. (not needed if you use the

       -h     Writes a short description of these switches.

       -c     read options from configuration file. A configuration file is
              not needed, ptop will revert to internal defaults then. See also

       -i ident
              Sets the number of indent spaces used for BEGIN END; and other

       -b bufsize
              Sets the buffersize to bufsize. Default 255, 0 is considered
              non-valid and ignored.

       -v     be verbose. Currently only outputs the number of lines
              read/written and some error messages.

       -g ptop.cfg
              Writes a default configuration file to be edited to the file

       Try to play with ptop and its configfile until you find the effect you
       desire. The configurability and possibilities of ptop are quite large
       compared to shareware source beautifier found on e.g. SIMTEL.

       The writer of the program, Michael van Canneyt, who also helped out
       explaining the format of ptop.cfg.

       Questions/corrections can be mailed to

       Also thanks to the rest of the FPC development team.

       The program is a modernized (OOP, Streams, Delphi extensions) version
       based on a program by Peter Grogono, who in turn based his program on a
       Pascal pretty-printer written by Ledgard, Hueras, and Singer.  See
       SIGPLAN Notices, Vol. 12, No. 7, July 1977, pages 101-105, and
       PP.DOC/HLP.   This version of PP developed under Pascal/Z V4.0 or
       later.  Very minor modifications for Turbo Pascal made by Willett
       Kempton March 1984 and Oct 84.  Runs under 8-bit Turbo or 16-bit Turbo.
       Toad Hall tweak, rewrite for TP 5, 28 Nov 89

       ptop config file


       Other FPC utils
              ppdep(1) ppudump(1) ppumove(1) h2pas(1)

Free Pascal                       30 may 1999                          ptop(1)