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8.5.4 Subprogram Renaming Declarations

  1. A subprogram_renaming_declaration can serve as the completion of a subprogram_declaration; such a renaming_declaration is called a renaming-as-body. A subprogram_renaming_declaration that is not a completion is called a renaming-as-declaration, and is used to rename a subprogram (possibly an enumeration literal) or an entry.


  2. subprogram_renaming_declaration ::=
       subprogram_specification renames callable_entity_name;

    Name Resolution Rules

  3. The expected profile for the callable_entity_name is the profile given in the subprogram_specification.

    Legality Rules

  4. The profile of a renaming-as-declaration shall be mode-conformant with that of the renamed callable entity.
  5. The profile of a renaming-as-body shall be subtype-conformant with that of the renamed callable entity, and shall conform fully to that of the declaration it completes. If the renaming-as-body completes that declaration before the subprogram it declares is frozen, the subprogram it declares takes its convention from the renamed subprogram; otherwise the convention of the renamed subprogram shall not be Intrinsic.
  6. A name that denotes a formal parameter of the subprogram_specification is not allowed within the callable_entity_name.

    Static Semantics

  7. A renaming-as-declaration declares a new view of the renamed entity. The profile of this new view takes its subtypes, parameter modes, and calling convention from the original profile of the callable entity, while taking the formal parameter names and default_expressions from the profile given in the subprogram_renaming_declaration. The new view is a function or procedure, never an entry.

    Dynamic Semantics

  8. For a call on a renaming of a dispatching subprogram that is overridden, if the overriding occurred before the renaming, then the body executed is that of the overriding declaration, even if the overriding declaration is not visible at the place of the renaming; otherwise, the inherited or predefined subprogram is called.


  9. (11) A procedure can only be renamed as a procedure. A function whose defining_designator is either an identifier or an operator_symbol can be renamed with either an identifier or an operator_symbol; for renaming as an operator, the subprogram specification given in the renaming_declaration is subject to the rules given in See section 6.6 Overloading of Operators, for operator declarations. Enumeration literals can be renamed as functions; similarly, attribute_references that denote functions (such as references to Succ and Pred) can be renamed as functions. An entry can only be renamed as a procedure; the new name is only allowed to appear in contexts that allow a procedure name. An entry of a family can be renamed, but an entry family cannot be renamed as a whole.
  10. (12) The operators of the root numeric types cannot be renamed because the types in the profile are anonymous, so the corresponding specifications cannot be written; the same holds for certain attributes, such as Pos.
  11. (13) Calls with the new name of a renamed entry are procedure_call_statements and are not allowed at places where the syntax requires an entry_call_statement in conditional_ and timed_entry_calls, nor in an asynchronous_select; similarly, the Count attribute is not available for the new name.
  12. (14) The primitiveness of a renaming-as-declaration is determined by its profile, and by where it occurs, as for any declaration of (a view of) a subprogram; primitiveness is not determined by the renamed view. In order to perform a dispatching call, the subprogram name has to denote a primitive subprogram, not a non-primitive renaming of a primitive subprogram.


  13. Examples of subprogram renaming declarations:
  14. procedure My_Write(C : in Character) renames Pool(K).Write;
    --  See section 4.1.3 Selected Components
  15. function Real_Plus(Left, Right : Real   ) return Real    renames "+";
    function Int_Plus (Left, Right : Integer) return Integer renames "+";
  16. function Rouge return Color renames Red;  --  See section 3.5.1 Enumeration Types
    function Rot   return Color renames Red;
    function Rosso return Color renames Rouge;
  17. function Next(X : Color) return Color renames Color'Succ;
    --  See section 3.5.1 Enumeration Types
  18. Example of a subprogram renaming declaration with new parameter names:
  19. function "*" (X,Y : Vector) return Real renames Dot_Product;
    --  See section 6.1 Subprogram Declarations
  20. Example of a subprogram renaming declaration with a new default expression:
  21. function Minimum(L : Link := Head) return Cell renames Min_Cell;
    --  See section 6.1 Subprogram Declarations

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