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lawochekel (Instructor) (OP)
15 Dec 11 5:33
hi all, i tried to run a fortran program and i got this error message below;

C:\g77>g77 program001..f
   PROGRAM 001
Invalid first character at (^) [info -f g77 M LEX]
Invalid first character at (^) [info -f g77 M LEX]
       PRINT *,' Type in your first name.'
Non-numeric character at (^) in label field [info -f g77 M LEX]
       PRINT *,' up to 20 characters'
Non-numeric character at (^) in label field [info -f g77 M LEX]
       READ *, First_Name
Non-numeric character at (^) in label field [info -f g77 M LEX]
       PRINT *, First_Name
Non-numeric character at (^) in label field [info -f g77 M LEX]
Invalid first character at (^) [info -f g77 M LEX]

pls what am i suppose to do?

FJacq (Programmer)
15 Dec 11 6:41
Take care : you are using g77 which is obsolete. g77 is a Fortran-77 compiler. So you must respect the Fortran-77 norm.

In particular :
- a normal instruction starts with 6 spaces
- a label (composed of digits) may occupy the columns 1-5
- the column 6 is reserved to indicate a continuation card
- an instruction cannot exceed 72 characters

In addition, your first instruction is invalid even with a more recent compiler (usually Fortran95 compliant) :
The keyword PROGRAM must be followed by a name. In Fortran, a name starts by a letter and is composed of letters and digits

The last instruction  "END PROGRAM" is also incorrect in Fortran-77 (a simple "END" is required).

François Jacq

mikrom (Programmer)
15 Dec 11 11:37
I suggest to try the option ffree-form

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