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ID: 22761, The Painful " File not found 'system.pas' " Compiler Error

by Scott Price Email: Anonymous

Anyone who has had this error in the past has known how painful it is to resolve. Its not a helpful error message.
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Updated on Tue, 16 Nov 2004 09:59:32 GMT
Originally uploaded on Tue, 16 Nov 2004 09:55:54 GMT
Anyone who has had this error " File not found: 'system.pas' " whilst trying to compile a project in the past has known how painful it is to resolve.

Its not a helpful error message, and at first glance it kindof appears to be telling a really silly lie.

This error is actually caused by having a duplicated path entry in the Delphi Library Path. It can be a not obvious duplicate if you are using Environment Variables to help control your Component paths.

However many installation programs will just insert the full path where your components have been installed, so whilst there may be duplicates, it may not be easy to visually spot them.

Have a look at the URL provided above. It shows a simple pair of duplicates in the Delphi library path, one that was contolled with an environment variable, and the other installed by the JCL Installer. Both are correct, but this really does seem to confuse Delphi.

The solution is simple. Remove the duplicate path, and your compilation will work again.

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