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von Kevin S. (kvnsmnsn)


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I'm still very much interested in finding out whether or not it's 
possible for a Verilog function to have a boolean value as input, but 
while I was waiting for input on that I decided to rewrite a version of 
my Verilog code to use an (enum) instead of a (boolean). Much to my 
amazement, it appears that I can't use an (enum) as an input to a 
function either! I wrote the following code:
module useBin ();

typedef enum { ADD, MULTIPLY } binOp;

function integer execOp;
    input integer left;
    input integer right;
    input   binOp op;
  begin
    execOp = op == ADD ? left + right : left * right;
  end
endfunction

endmodule
When I ran Icarus to simulate it I got:
D:\Hf\Verilog\Unpacked\Common>ive useBin
\Icarus\bin\iverilog -g2009 -o useBin.out useBin.sv
useBin.sv:8: syntax error
useBin.sv:5: error: Syntax error defining function.

D:\Hf\Verilog\Unpacked\Common>
I can kind of understand why a (boolean) might cause a problem when used 
as a function input, but why in the world would it be illegal to use an 
(enum) like my (binOp) as a function input?

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