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4.2.6 Class L

Class L tests check that all library unit dependences within a program are satisfied before the program can be bound and executed, that circularity among units is detected, or that pragmas that apply to an entire partition are correctly processed. These tests are normally expected to compile successfully but not to bind or execute. Some implementations may report errors at compile time; potentially illegal constructs are flagged with "-- ERROR:". Some class L tests indicate where bind errors are expected. Successful processing does not require that a binder match error messages with these indications.
An implementation passes a class L test if does not successfully complete the bind phase. It passes a class L test if it detects an error and issues a compile time error message. It fails if the test successfully binds and/or begins execution. An L test need not report "FAILED" (although many do if they execute).
As with B-tests, the test designers determined that some constructs may or may not generate an error report, and that either behavior would be appropriate. Such lines are marked with "-- OPTIONAL ERROR:" In such cases, an implementation is allowed to report an error or fail to report an error. If an error is reported at compile time, the binder need not be invoked. If no errors are reported at compile time, the binder must be invoked and must not successfully complete the bind phase (as indicated by the inability to begin execution).

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