depreciated conversion error?

I'm trying to play around with some demos for a TFT (and basically any other demo also) and every single thing I try to upload comes up with a "deprecated conversion from string constant to 'char*' [-Wwrite-strings]" error.

I have no idea how to fix this because I don't even know how to program anything on an arduino....that's what I'm trying to learn.

in this case it has to do with this portion of the code.

myGLCD.print("Restarting in a", CENTER, 119);

What's myGLCD?

Please show us your code (within code tags of course), plus a link to the shield you are trying to use. Otherwise, all the help you will get is conjecture.

That is a warning not an error, you can safely ignore it. It does not interfere with compilation.

DrAzzy:
That is a warning not an error, you can safely ignore it. It does not interfere with compilation.

I cannot safely ignore it because the sketches won’t upload to the Arduino. The IDE is halting the uploading process because of this “warning”

Here is the code, it’s an example/demo directly from the latest UTFT library, to be used with the ITDB02 3.2" TFT MEGA shield
https://www.itead.cc/itead-3-2-tft-lcd-touch-shield.html

// UTFT_Demo_320x240 
// Copyright (C)2015 Rinky-Dink Electronics, Henning Karlsen. All right reserved
// web: http://www.RinkyDinkElectronics.com/
//
// This program is a demo of how to use most of the functions
// of the library with a supported display modules.
//
// This demo was made for modules with a screen resolution 
// of 320x240 pixels.
//
// This program requires the UTFT library.
//

#include <UTFT.h>
//#pragma GCC diagnostic ignored "-Wwrite-strings"
// Declare which fonts we will be using
extern uint8_t SmallFont[];

// Set the pins to the correct ones for your development shield
// ------------------------------------------------------------
// Arduino Uno / 2009:
// -------------------
// Standard Arduino Uno/2009 shield            : <display model>,A5,A4,A3,A2
// DisplayModule Arduino Uno TFT shield        : <display model>,A5,A4,A3,A2
//
// Arduino Mega:
// -------------------
// Standard Arduino Mega/Due shield            : <display model>,38,39,40,41
// CTE TFT LCD/SD Shield for Arduino Mega      : <display model>,38,39,40,41
//
// Remember to change the model parameter to suit your display module!
UTFT myGLCD(ITDB32S,38,39,40,41);

void setup()
{
  randomSeed(analogRead(0));
  
// Setup the LCD
  myGLCD.InitLCD();
  myGLCD.setFont(SmallFont);
}

void loop()
{
  int buf[318];
  int x, x2;
  int y, y2;
  int r;

// Clear the screen and draw the frame
  myGLCD.clrScr();

  myGLCD.setColor(255, 0, 0);
  myGLCD.fillRect(0, 0, 319, 13);
  myGLCD.setColor(64, 64, 64);
  myGLCD.fillRect(0, 226, 319, 239);
  myGLCD.setColor(255, 255, 255);
  myGLCD.setBackColor(255, 0, 0);
  myGLCD.print("* Universal Color TFT Display Library *", CENTER, 1);
  myGLCD.setBackColor(64, 64, 64);
  myGLCD.setColor(255,255,0);
  myGLCD.print("<http://www.RinkyDinkElectronics.com/>", CENTER, 227);

  myGLCD.setColor(0, 0, 255);
  myGLCD.drawRect(0, 14, 319, 225);

// Draw crosshairs
  myGLCD.setColor(0, 0, 255);
  myGLCD.setBackColor(0, 0, 0);
  myGLCD.drawLine(159, 15, 159, 224);
  myGLCD.drawLine(1, 119, 318, 119);
  for (int i=9; i<310; i+=10)
    myGLCD.drawLine(i, 117, i, 121);
  for (int i=19; i<220; i+=10)
    myGLCD.drawLine(157, i, 161, i);

// Draw sin-, cos- and tan-lines  
  myGLCD.setColor(0,255,255);
  myGLCD.print("Sin", 5, 15);
  for (int i=1; i<318; i++)
  {
    myGLCD.drawPixel(i,119+(sin(((i*1.13)*3.14)/180)*95));
  }
  
  myGLCD.setColor(255,0,0);
  myGLCD.print("Cos", 5, 27);
  for (int i=1; i<318; i++)
  {
    myGLCD.drawPixel(i,119+(cos(((i*1.13)*3.14)/180)*95));
  }

  myGLCD.setColor(255,255,0);
  myGLCD.print("Tan", 5, 39);
  for (int i=1; i<318; i++)
  {
    myGLCD.drawPixel(i,119+(tan(((i*1.13)*3.14)/180)));
  }

  delay(2000);

  myGLCD.setColor(0,0,0);
  myGLCD.fillRect(1,15,318,224);
  myGLCD.setColor(0, 0, 255);
  myGLCD.setBackColor(0, 0, 0);
  myGLCD.drawLine(159, 15, 159, 224);
  myGLCD.drawLine(1, 119, 318, 119);

// Draw a moving sinewave
  x=1;
  for (int i=1; i<(318*20); i++) 
  {
    x++;
    if (x==319)
      x=1;
    if (i>319)
    {
      if ((x==159)||(buf[x-1]==119))
        myGLCD.setColor(0,0,255);
      else
        myGLCD.setColor(0,0,0);
      myGLCD.drawPixel(x,buf[x-1]);
    }
    myGLCD.setColor(0,255,255);
    y=119+(sin(((i*1.1)*3.14)/180)*(90-(i / 100)));
    myGLCD.drawPixel(x,y);
    buf[x-1]=y;
  }

  delay(2000);
  
  myGLCD.setColor(0,0,0);
  myGLCD.fillRect(1,15,318,224);

// Draw some filled rectangles
  for (int i=1; i<6; i++)
  {
    switch (i)
    {
      case 1:
        myGLCD.setColor(255,0,255);
        break;
      case 2:
        myGLCD.setColor(255,0,0);
        break;
      case 3:
        myGLCD.setColor(0,255,0);
        break;
      case 4:
        myGLCD.setColor(0,0,255);
        break;
      case 5:
        myGLCD.setColor(255,255,0);
        break;
    }
    myGLCD.fillRect(70+(i*20), 30+(i*20), 130+(i*20), 90+(i*20));
  }

  delay(2000);
  
  myGLCD.setColor(0,0,0);
  myGLCD.fillRect(1,15,318,224);

// Draw some filled, rounded rectangles
  for (int i=1; i<6; i++)
  {
    switch (i)
    {
      case 1:
        myGLCD.setColor(255,0,255);
        break;
      case 2:
        myGLCD.setColor(255,0,0);
        break;
      case 3:
        myGLCD.setColor(0,255,0);
        break;
      case 4:
        myGLCD.setColor(0,0,255);
        break;
      case 5:
        myGLCD.setColor(255,255,0);
        break;
    }
    myGLCD.fillRoundRect(190-(i*20), 30+(i*20), 250-(i*20), 90+(i*20));
  }
  
  delay(2000);
  
  myGLCD.setColor(0,0,0);
  myGLCD.fillRect(1,15,318,224);

// Draw some filled circles
  for (int i=1; i<6; i++)
  {
    switch (i)
    {
      case 1:
        myGLCD.setColor(255,0,255);
        break;
      case 2:
        myGLCD.setColor(255,0,0);
        break;
      case 3:
        myGLCD.setColor(0,255,0);
        break;
      case 4:
        myGLCD.setColor(0,0,255);
        break;
      case 5:
        myGLCD.setColor(255,255,0);
        break;
    }
    myGLCD.fillCircle(100+(i*20),60+(i*20), 30);
  }
  
  delay(2000);
  
  myGLCD.setColor(0,0,0);
  myGLCD.fillRect(1,15,318,224);

// Draw some lines in a pattern
  myGLCD.setColor (255,0,0);
  for (int i=15; i<224; i+=5)
  {
    myGLCD.drawLine(1, i, (i*1.44)-10, 224);
  }
  myGLCD.setColor (255,0,0);
  for (int i=224; i>15; i-=5)
  {
    myGLCD.drawLine(318, i, (i*1.44)-11, 15);
  }
  myGLCD.setColor (0,255,255);
  for (int i=224; i>15; i-=5)
  {
    myGLCD.drawLine(1, i, 331-(i*1.44), 15);
  }
  myGLCD.setColor (0,255,255);
  for (int i=15; i<224; i+=5)
  {
    myGLCD.drawLine(318, i, 330-(i*1.44), 224);
  }
  
  delay(2000);
  
  myGLCD.setColor(0,0,0);
  myGLCD.fillRect(1,15,318,224);

// Draw some random circles
  for (int i=0; i<100; i++)
  {
    myGLCD.setColor(random(255), random(255), random(255));
    x=32+random(256);
    y=45+random(146);
    r=random(30);
    myGLCD.drawCircle(x, y, r);
  }

  delay(2000);
  
  myGLCD.setColor(0,0,0);
  myGLCD.fillRect(1,15,318,224);

// Draw some random rectangles
  for (int i=0; i<100; i++)
  {
    myGLCD.setColor(random(255), random(255), random(255));
    x=2+random(316);
    y=16+random(207);
    x2=2+random(316);
    y2=16+random(207);
    myGLCD.drawRect(x, y, x2, y2);
  }

  delay(2000);
  
  myGLCD.setColor(0,0,0);
  myGLCD.fillRect(1,15,318,224);

// Draw some random rounded rectangles
  for (int i=0; i<100; i++)
  {
    myGLCD.setColor(random(255), random(255), random(255));
    x=2+random(316);
    y=16+random(207);
    x2=2+random(316);
    y2=16+random(207);
    myGLCD.drawRoundRect(x, y, x2, y2);
  }

  delay(2000);
  
  myGLCD.setColor(0,0,0);
  myGLCD.fillRect(1,15,318,224);

  for (int i=0; i<100; i++)
  {
    myGLCD.setColor(random(255), random(255), random(255));
    x=2+random(316);
    y=16+random(209);
    x2=2+random(316);
    y2=16+random(209);
    myGLCD.drawLine(x, y, x2, y2);
  }

  delay(2000);
  
  myGLCD.setColor(0,0,0);
  myGLCD.fillRect(1,15,318,224);

  for (int i=0; i<10000; i++)
  {
    myGLCD.setColor(random(255), random(255), random(255));
    myGLCD.drawPixel(2+random(316), 16+random(209));
  }

  delay(2000);

  myGLCD.fillScr(0, 0, 255);
  myGLCD.setColor(255, 0, 0);
  myGLCD.fillRoundRect(80, 70, 239, 169);
  
  myGLCD.setColor(255, 255, 255);
  myGLCD.setBackColor(255, 0, 0);
  myGLCD.print("That's it!", CENTER, 93);
  myGLCD.print("Restarting in a", CENTER, 119);
  myGLCD.print("few seconds...", CENTER, 132);
  
  myGLCD.setColor(0, 255, 0);
  myGLCD.setBackColor(0, 0, 255);
  myGLCD.print("Runtime: (msecs)", CENTER, 210);
  myGLCD.printNumI(millis(), CENTER, 225);
  
  delay (10000);
}

I'm not at home so I can't test compile it and tell you where the error is. You are encountering a different error that is preventing upload.

Please post the full output that is displayed.

Here it is as a text file… too long to post here

error.txt (21.4 KB)

I can't compile this because I don't have the myGLCD library, but I think you can fix by casting all the "strings" in the print() calls.

myGLCD.print((char*)"* Universal Color TFT Display Library *", CENTER, 1);

There may be a better/cleaner way with compiler switches, but I seem to remember this worked for me a long time ago.

Graynomad: I can't compile this because I don't have the myGLCD library, but I think you can fix by casting all the "strings" in the print() calls.

myGLCD.print((char*)"* Universal Color TFT Display Library *", CENTER, 1);

There may be a better/cleaner way with compiler switches, but I seem to remember this worked for me a long time ago.

I completely don't understand what you're talking about...

You're running into a 1.6.10 bug. If you start version 1.6.10 of the IDE by doubleclicking a .ino file, it will fail to upload sketches. You must start the IDE directly, and then open the sketch.

Version 1.6.9 is not impacted by this issue.

I completely don't understand what you're talking about...

Did you see the (char*) I added to that line of code, try doing that.

DrAzzy: You're running into a 1.6.10 bug. If you start version 1.6.10 of the IDE by doubleclicking a .ino file, it will fail to upload sketches. You must start the IDE directly, and then open the sketch.

Version 1.6.9 is not impacted by this issue.

Well there's your problem....