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2.106 Pragma No_Body


pragma No_Body;

There are a number of cases in which a package spec does not require a body, and in fact a body is not permitted. GNAT will not permit the spec to be compiled if there is a body around. The pragma No_Body allows you to provide a body file, even in a case where no body is allowed. The body file must contain only comments and a single No_Body pragma. This is recognized by the compiler as indicating that no body is logically present.

This is particularly useful during maintenance when a package is modified in such a way that a body needed before is no longer needed. The provision of a dummy body with a No_Body pragma ensures that there is no interference from earlier versions of the package body.