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Re: C as target platform?

On Fri, 23 Aug 2002 08:47:26 -0400, Daniel Jacobowitz <drow at mvista 
dot com> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 23, 2002 at 09:03:05AM +0200, Helmut Zeisel wrote:
> > Could C (or even KR-C) as a supported target platform solve
> > many of the problems with respect to a front-end
> > written in C++ or any other language?
> > 
> > In that case, one would have not only a Fortran to C
> > (similar to the existing F2C), but also an ADA2C, C++2C etc.
> > 
> > For bootstrapping (and maybe for the distribution) of GCC,
> > one could use the C-"compiled" version of GCC,
> > although the real source is written in some other language.
> Code to compile to C has been repeatedly declined, at RMS's request. 
> It makes using GCC as a frontend for a proprietary compiler too
> attractive.

An alternative would be an assembler-to-C converter.  Pick an easy 
assembler language supported by gcc (e.g. Sparc or MMIX), and write a 
standalone application that converts it to C.  If you read object code, 
then parsing is not a problem.  The produced C code need not be 
optimal, and a "reasonable" C compiler will produce "reasonable" 
programmes from it.


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