decompilation as archiving?

Richard legalize at
Fri Dec 1 11:26:16 CST 2006

In article <457059E4.6B05CE66 at>,
    Marvin Johnston <marvin at>  writes:

> One of the programs available sometime in the late 1980's was a
> program called Sourcer [...]

Its still around and can work on Windows code now.  There are a
variety of such programs and this is what got me thinking about such a
beast for vintage computers.  Cases where the application source (or
OS source!) has been lost.

Someone asked me in private email why I'd want to do this -- I
consider the source code just as an important historical artifact as
the compiled binaries and physical hardware.  For the same reason that
people want schematics for vintage hardware, having source code for
vintage software is also useful.
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