Delphi Compiler Error
E2154 Type ‘%s’ needs finalization – not allowed in variant record
Reason for the Error & Solution
Certain types are treated specially by the compiler on an internal basis in that they must be correctly finalized to release any resources that they might currently own. Because the compiler cannot determine what type is actually stored in a record’s variant section at run time, it is not possible to guarantee that these special data types are correctly finalized.
program Produce; type Data = record case kind:Char of 'A': (str : String); end; begin end.
String is one of those types which requires special treatment by the compiler to correctly release the resources. As such, it is illegal to have a String in a variant section.
program Solve; type Data = record str : String; end; begin end.
One solution to this error is to move all offending declarations out of the variant section. Another solution would be to use pointer types (^String, for example) and manage the memory by yourself.