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15.3.11 POINTER Statements

g77 doesn't support pointers or allocatable objects (other than automatic arrays). This set of features is probably considered just behind intrinsics in PARAMETER statements on the list of large, important things to add to g77.

In the meantime, consider using the INTEGER(KIND=7) declaration to specify that a variable must be able to hold a pointer. This construct is not portable to other non-GNU compilers, but it is portable to all machines GNU Fortran supports when g77 is used.

See section 8.11 Functions and Subroutines, for information on %VAL(), %REF(), and %DESCR() constructs, which are useful for passing pointers to procedures written in languages other than Fortran.

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