5.1 Compiler Status
- Front end
- This is the part of gfortran which parses a source file, verifies that it
is valid Fortran 95, performs compile time replacement of constants
(PARAMETER variables) and reads and generate module files. This is
almost complete. Every Fortran 95 source should be accepted, and most
none-Fortran 95 source should be rejected. If you find a source file where
this is not true, please tell us. You can use the -fsyntax-only switch to
make gfortran quit after running the front end, effectively reducing it to
a syntax checker.
- Middle end interface
- These are the parts of gfortran that take the parse tree generated by the
front end and translate it to the GENERIC form required by the GCC back
end. Work is ongoing in these parts of gfortran, but a large part has
already been completed.