1980s/1990s 68k C cross (and not so cross) compilers
phil at ultimate.com
Wed Nov 25 12:41:59 CST 2015
Brad Parker wrote:
> .... Remember sumex-aim ? SumMacC.
> Anyway, I think the Kinetics fastpath was compiled with that....
Perhaps originally.... But when the FastPath code arrived at Shiva it
was using the SunOS 4 native compiler on Sun3. I moved it to gcc on Sun4.
The 6/88 KIP release has CC=/usr/stanford/bin/cc68
Rutgers KIP c. 1989 used gcc
> There was also that wacky company in cambridge which made a hybrid
> c-compiler/c-interpreter. It worked really well but it wasn't quite
> right. I loved the idea but never bought one. That was around 1988,
> 1989? I always hoped to find the source code for that.
Saber-C? It became "Code Center" by Centerline. Steve Kauffer kept it
going while working on startups (TripAdvisor being the successful one).
It ended up at ICS.COM: https://motif.ics.com/products/codecenter
ISTR some product of that ilk that read and patched object code and
only worked on RISC platforms...
> I think gcc was the standard for 68k from 1987 on. Yes, greenhills, but
> it's not clear it produced better code and it was really expensive.
I never dealt with that many 68K compilers. I remember a whole slew
of problematic compilers and debuggers on 32x32 (Encore) and ROMP (IBM
PC/RT). At least of them couldn't handle cfront output and/or "Duff's
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