Welcome to f2cl - a Fortran to Common Lisp Translator

Contained in this directory are source code files and some documentation.
The translator is written in Common Lisp making installation simple.


If this has been extracted as a part of CLOCC, the way to build f2cl
is to simply run "make system" from a shell, as is usual with CLOCC

A second method is to use defsystem from CLOCC.  Then load
f2cl.system, and then finally run (mk:oos "f2cl" :compile).  

A third method is to use asdf.  You can load f2cl.asd and run
(asdf:oos 'asdf:load-op :f2cl).

Finally, a fourth method, if you have none of the above, is to
manually run everything as follows:

1. Start your favorite Common Lisp implementation use the function
   "compile-file" to compile each of the source files:


2. Load up all of the files

           (load "f2cl0.l")
           (load "f2cl1.l")
           (load "f2cl2.l")
           (load "f2cl3.l")
           (load "f2cl4.l")
           (load "f2cl5.l")
           (load "f2cl6.l")
           (load "f2cl7.l")
	   (load "macros.l")

   to load all the compiled files.


Converting Fortran Code
To use f2cl:

(f2cl:f2cl "<path>/fortran.f")

will convert the file "<path>/fortran.f" to Lisp code and places the
result in the file "<path>/fortran.lisp".


(f2cl:f2cl-compile "<path>/fortran.f")

will also run compile-file on the Lisp file so you can load it
directly into your lisp.

For those anxious to use the translator without studying the documentation
here is a short list of restrictions that may result in obscure errors:
 - input code is assumed to be valid Fortran 77
 - no tabs are permitted in the source,
 - $comments should only be turned on if the Fortran code has comments
   exclusively within subroutines,
 - linebreaks must occur within whitespace,
 - spaces are required to separate symbols.
Note also that an intermediate file called "prep.tmp" is produced by the
preprocessing stage of the translation.


These are the options available to f2cl:f2cl and f2cl:f2cl-compile

	File to contain Lisp code

	Verbose output. Default = NIL.  Mostly for debugging.

	Prune unused labels. Default = NIL.

	Include Fortran comments in the Lisp output.
        Default = NIL

	Variables in DATA statements are automatically SAVE'd. Default
	= T.

	Declarations of array sizes are relaxed in formal
        parameters to functions. That is, any array
        length declarations (except lower limits) are
        ignored if possible, like old Fortran used
        to. Default = T.

	If T or :ALWAYS, all assignment statements automatically
        coerce the RHS to the appropriate type for the assignment.  If
        NIL or :NEVER, coercion never happens.  If :AS-NEEDED, f2cl
        applies coercion if it thinks it is needed.  Default =

	The extension to use for the output file, if needed.  Defaults
        to *DEFAULT-LISP-EXTENSION* or "lisp".

	If T, the temporary file is not deleted.  This is mostly for
	debugging f2cl. Default = NIL.

	The type of array f2cl should use.  Should be :simple-array or
        :array.  For some compilers, there can be significant speed up
        if the array can be declared as simple-arrays.  But this is
        incompatible with array-slicing, so care must be used if you
        choose :simple-array. Default = :array.

	When non-NIL, f2cl assumes that, whenever we do an array
        reference in a call to a subroutine or function, we are really
        passing a subarray to the routine instead of just the single
        value, unless f2cl knows the function takes a scalar arg that
        is not modified.  Default = T.

	A string or symbol specifying what package the resulting code
        should be in. (Basically puts a (in-package <p>) at the top.)
        Default is COMMON-LISP-USER.

	Declaim compilation options (Basically puts a (declaim
        <declaim>) at the top.)  Default is none.

	When non-NIL, any structures definitions for common blocks are
        defined when converting this file. Otherwise, the structures
        for the common blocks are expected to be defined elsewhere.
        This should be used only once for one subprogram that will be
        used to define the common block.  See below for more
        information. Default is NIL.

	Float format to use when printing the result.  Default is

	Instead of defining a common block as a structure with the
	same slot names as variables in the common block, the common
	block is defined as a set of arrays.  The actual common block
	variables are defined as offsets into these arrays.  For more
	information see below.  This mimics the memory layout of how
	Fortran treats common blocks.  Default = NIL.

Using Converted Code

Once you've converted the code, you do not need to load up all of f2cl
to use the converted code.  In fact, you only need f2cl0.l and
macros.l to define the necessary packages and functions used by the
converted code.  Actually, you really only need the defpackage for
f2cl-lib in f2cl0.l.


For a more detailed list of issues and notes, see src/NOTES.

We highlight just a few issues here.

o Block data statements.

    In Fortran, block data statments are used to initialize common
    blocks.  Since Fortran executables are loaded and run just once,
    this is not a problem.  However, in Lisp, this might not be true,
    and you may want to run the main program many times.  Thus, it is
    up to you to run the block data initializer at the right time, as
    needed.  f2cl cannot know when and where to call the initializer.

o Common blocks.  

    F2cl converts common blocks to structures.  However, common blocks
    may be referenced in several different files, so the user must
    tell f2cl when to define the structure.  Use the :declare-common
    parameter to tell f2cl to define the structure. This should be
    done exactly once for each common block that is defined.  This
    should also be done for the first file that is compiled and
    loaded, so that subsequent files know about the definition.

    In addition, there is another option, :common-as-array.  This
    changes how f2cl handles common blocks.   A rather common use of
    common blocks has the same common block using different variable
    names.  For example, one routine might have

        COMMON /foo/ a(10), b, i(4)

    and another might say

        COMMON /foo/ b(9), c, d, j(2), k(2)

    In Fortran, this is perfectly acceptable.  Normally, f2cl expects
    all common blocks to use the same variable names, and then f2cl
    creates a structure for the common block using the variable names
    as the names of the slots.  However, for a case like the above,
    f2cl gets confused.  Hence, :common-as-array.  We treat the common
    block as an array of memory.  So this gets converted into a
    structure somewhat like

        (defstruct foo
          (part-0 (make-array 11 :element-type 'real))
          (part-1 (make-array 4 :element-type 'integer4)))

    (In a more general case, we group all contiguous variables of the
    same type into one array.  f2cl and Lisp cannot handle the case
    where a real and integer value are allocated to the same piece of

    Then in the individual routines, symbol-macrolets are used to
    create accessors for the various definitions.  Hence, for the
    second version, we would do something like

            (b (make-array 9 :displaced-to 
                           (foo-part-0 *foo*)
                           :diplaced-offset 0))
            (c (aref (foo-part-0 *foo*) 9))
            (d (aref (foo-part-0 *foo*) 10))
            (j (make-array 2 :displaced-to
                           (foo-part-1 *foo*)
                           :displaced-offset 0))
            (k (make-array 2 :displaced-to
                           (foo-part-1 *foo*)
                           :displaced-offset 2))

    Thus, we access the right parts of the common block, independent
    of the name.  Note that this has a performance impact since we
    used displaced arrays.

o Conversion order.

    While not necessary, f2cl can do a significantly better job in
    generating code if the functions are compiled in the correct
    order.  This means any function, F, that is called by another
    function, G,  should compiled first.  In this way, f2cl can
    determine the calling conventions for F, and generate the
    appropriate call for F in G.  This is important if F takes an
    array argument and G passes a slice of an array to F, or
    conversely if F takes a simple variable, and G calls F with an
    array reference.  

    If this is not done, the user may have to modify either the
    Fortran code or the resulting Lisp code to pass arguments

    F2cl cannot always determine whether a slice of an array should be
    used or just the single element.

See also the file src/NOTES which contains a change log.  But there
are also various notes about about restrictions and enhancements on
various features supported by f2cl.


The translator was written by Kevin Broughan and Diane Koorey Willcock
at the University of Waikato. Reports should be sent to
kab@waikato.ac.nz and should include examples of Fortran code which
fails to translate or which translates incorrectly.

Major changes have be written by Raymond Toy and the entire translator
is now part of CLOCC, with permission from Kevin Broughan.  Send bug
reports and other comments to http://clocc.sourceforge.net.

The code is also placed under the GPL, by permission of Kevin
Broughan.  The exception is macros.l which is released under the LGPL
so that it can be incorporated into other packages.