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A procedure is a routine that does not return a value. procedure is a reserved word.

Prematurely leaving a procedure

In a procedure the routine exit can be called in order to (prematurely) leave the procedure. exit may not be supplied with any parameters, since procedures do not return any value, but functions do. Supplying a parameter to exit inside a procedure definition will yield the compile-time error “Error: Procedures cannot return a value”.


Procedure calls are statements. They may not appear in expressions, since they do not produce a value of any kind. The following example highlights all lines with procedure calls.

 1 program procedureDemo(input, output, stderr);
 3 var
 4 	x: longint;
 6 procedure foo;
 7 begin
 8 	exit;
 9 	inc(x);
10 end;
12 begin
13 	x := 42;
14 	foo;
15 	writeLn(x);
16 end.

Note, that foo contains unreachable code (inc(x) is never executed because of the [unconditional] exit).

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